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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Modeler, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Teepee or Log Cabin: Which is the correct way to build a campfire?
     
  2. mkwerx

    mkwerx Forest Grove, OR Well-Known Member

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    I tend to go with a pile of tinder and a teepee of kindling to get er going. If it's wet, adding a little magic sauce if I've got it...
     
  3. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Gas.
     
  4. billyinfinity

    billyinfinity Portland All pie, all the time. 2015 Volunteer

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    Kindling teepee in a log cabin
     
  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    teepee.. you just start with tinder though and then lay incrementally larger fuel on (after the tinder is lit) til you have a freaking bonfire that'll burn huge logs tossed on there.
     
  6. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Josephine County Active Member

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    Depends on the purpose of the fire, heat or cooking, teepee faster heat, cross stick faster coal bed for cooking.
     
  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    A Swedish Fire Torch works pretty good for cooking in a pot..

     
  8. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Josephine County Active Member

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    Personally I carry a weed burner that gets attached to a 5 gallon propane bottle. Light the weed burner and skip the small stuff. Instant camp fire. Even when its pouring down rain.
     
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  9. albin25

    albin25 Lewiston Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Teepee....Log Cabin is for pancakes!
     
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  10. ikemay

    ikemay WA Well-Known Member

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    The correct way? .... whichever way works for you I suppose

    I use a modified teepee/log cabin - log cabin on the bottom with teepee on top. The log cabin lower perimeter and some small cross members with smaller stuff underneath or even a fire puck to get it going allows for nice bed of hot coals as the smaller stuff falls into itself and adding incrementally larger pieces of wood without snuffing out the fire by laying across the larger (not huge) perimeter pieces. Those perimeter pieces do burn up obviously, but by then everything is going well.

    Mike
     
  11. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Got an interesting lesson on fire building while up in Canada a few summers ago. We were at a wedding reception at a remote location and someone decided a fire would be a good idea. There was plenty of wood and kindling around but it had rained the night before so most of it was still damp. After a few failed attempts, someone asked the native Indian if he would start the fire. Really nice guy. He gave instructions on how to set up the tinder, kindling, and wood. He says, looks good, be right back. He walked over to his pickup, comes back with a can of gas, pours some on the wood, and then starts the danged fire. He just laughed and said "you white guys make things wayyy too complicated!"
     
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  12. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    I will make it more difficult. In Oregon coast range, mid January. Rain and wind. Nothing but matches to use.
     
  13. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  14. PORSCHE928S4

    PORSCHE928S4 Newport, Oregon Active Member

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    A log cabin with a teepee out building simple !
     
  15. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Josephine County Active Member

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    Been there done that. :)
     
  16. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Regardless of the style, Fatwood is a nice little secret weapon and it stores forever. Some hard $%^* to chop, though. I had to bust out my serious 7" blade for that stuff.
     
  17. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Teepee
     
  18. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    When I was in an explorer post in middle school for SAR I would carry small road flares and a small bottle of gasoline in my camp pack. Started fire everytime.
    More important to keep it under control and make sure you have something to put it out near by.
     
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  19. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Yup. Nothing like a 7-1/2 minute fusee when you need to start a fire.
    They've been a requirement in my packs since forever.
     
  20. nextgenar

    nextgenar roseburg Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thats sounds like my Father in law. A cherokee indian, he believes in copious quantities of gas for fire building.
     
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