Create hardwood shavings to use as fire starter

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Dave writes – “Here’s a cool one. Use this unconventional technique to create hardwood shavings that work far better than paper in starting a fire. (I’ve tried it – it works great!) The shavings dry out quickly and burn hotter and longer than paper.”Link.

4 thoughts on “Create hardwood shavings to use as fire starter

  1. My favorite old campfire trick is to buy a dozen eggs in the cardboard container. Fill each egg-cup with any type of sawdust. Then pour melted candlewax into each cup. When dry, cut out cups. Light the cardboard material.

  2. kind of a waste of hardwood if you live anywhere near a lumbermill, lumbersupply or even a home supply store that carries lumber and has a cutting service, just ask them for a bucket full of shavings

    the only one that has ever told me no, was a lumbermill who used the shavings to make extruded fire logs

    my last trip cost me about $4 for a 30 gallon barrel full (I supplied the barrel), good mix from the lumbersupply, mostly pine, oak and redwood, far as I can tell
    I’m working on a compacter to basically make homemade presto-logs, with shavings and paper shreddings, great way to get rid of junkmail.

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