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Old 02-06-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default How to build an upside down fire

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http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog...ire/#more-1130

How would you like to light a fire perfectly and have it burn for 3-7 hours without touching it or putting on more wood? It can be done, every time, but it requires forgetting everything you’ve learned about starting fires…

I have — as most boys and men do — fancied myself quite a fire-maker.

I can make a raging furnace like the world has never seen, a crackling and screaming banshee of life-giving heat that springs to life. This lasts for a euphoric five minutes. Then the real fun begins: the fiddling and fussing, poking and prodding, every five minutes thereafter for the next hour to keep the charred remains clinging to life.

I was in the Boy Scouts and learned the ropes from men who repeated the steps like religious commandments: tons of paper and tinder at the bottom, building up like a tipi (teepee) with the smallest kindling at the bottom and the biggest logs at the top. It’s how fires are built, right?

Let’s call this the “tipi” fire.

Here’s the problem: sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t work at all. It requires dry wood. I needed a fire-building method that worked every time with all types of wood, whether dried like an octogenarian in Palm Springs, or bordering on waterlogged, like most of the wood we had at home, which had been rained on due to a punctured tarp.

Enter the Upside-Down Fire.

To learn the manliest of the manly arts, it took one of my most feminine readers, Marcie, who also happens to help moderate the forum. She was looking for the best method of starting fires for her mountain-side cabin, and the final result was as odd as it is effective.

Even I couldn’t believe this one until I tried it.

The method is simplicity itself: do exactly the opposite of the tipi method.

1) Put the largest logs at the bottom, ensuring there is no space at all between them.

2) Put a second layer of smaller logs on top of the largest, again ensuring there are no spaces between them.

3) Repeat until you get to the top, where you will have strips of crumpled paper and — at the very top — 3-5 fire-starter squares (my preference) or fire-starter oil sticks. My favorite sequence from bottom to top is large logs (unsplit), split logs, sapling wood, cedar shingle wood, then paper and fire-starting squares.
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:13 PM   #2
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Somehow I think in most homes that use wood fires for heating and cooking. It is the little woman who is the fire builder.
I think that is an awful lot of stuff to get a fire going.
Three to 7 hours without touching it? Ha, there never was a man born, who could keep from poking a fire that long.
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:40 PM   #3
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1) Traps the heat
2) Smaller stuff burns up and falls down into area from number one and creates coal bed.

This is not new. The only thing I do different is put lightered in the bottom and then stack the smaller stuff "cremation" style. It all falls down into the area between the large logs. Makes a hellova nice campfire....
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I should share my secret of starting wet wood fires with him.

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I can make a mean fire that throws heat like crazy...Sarrah, I totally agree with you !
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Three to 7 hours without touching it? Ha, there never was a man born, who could keep from poking a fire that long.
Ain't that the truth !
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Sarrah! LOL! So true.
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I feel really badly that I took probably a seriously instructional thread by BG and turned it into a laugh. Even thought it isn't my fault if he supplies me with such excellent material. I did not mean to destroy your thread BG.
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I feel really badly that I took probably a seriously instructional thread by BG and turned it into a laugh. Even thought it isn't my fault if he supplies me with such excellent material. I did not mean to destroy your thread BG.
I say we hang it upside down and burn it.
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wow...intense
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