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Old 02-08-2012, 03:12 PM   #41
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I used to use paper but the fly-ash from the paper would be blown back through my ridge vents into the attic sometimes. I've been using Rutland Safe-Lite Fire Starter squares for several years. Tractor Supply and Walmart usually sell them in the fall for about $11.00 for a box of 144. One square, two at the most, will usually start the fire if you use a piece of dry kindling.

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Old 02-08-2012, 10:51 PM   #42
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Fastest way? One of these.....


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Seriously- bit of dry, finely split wood, twist of paper. Here is the South fire starters were traditionally "light wood knots"- the resinous knot of a pine tree. Burns like solidified gasoline.
That reminds me of a Rocket-Propelled Train Bangalore Torpedo or what we used to call...Barney Google.
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That reminds me of a Rocket-Propelled Train Bangalore Torpedo or what we used to call...Barney Google.
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You have completely lost me on this one!
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Chew chew- Have worked with military and commercial explosives since age 13 (working for Dad) . I teach blasting and teach some EOD folks. Still have my St Barbara's Medal.

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Do you still use the M112 for cutting steel, or is that antique now.
We used Pentolite on some things and Amatol 80/20 for our Bangalore torpedo . I would guess the EPA would perfer you to use Ednatol due to the absense of toxic effects, although the M112 (C4) cuts steel and timber better. I guess the rdx (Cyclonite) blasting caps are antique too.
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Do you still use the M112 for cutting steel, or is that antique now.
We used Pentolite on some things and Amatol 80/20 for our Bangalore torpedo . I would guess the EPA would perfer you to use Ednatol due to the absense of toxic effects, although the M112 (C4) cuts steel and timber better. I guess the rdx (Cyclonite) blasting caps are antique too.
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For shearing steel, we generally use linear shaped charges- and RDX is still one of the more common products in some form (including caps). Most caps are Nonel (low velocity shock tube) rather than electrics, but electronics are getting more use. Each cap has a computer chip- so a very large shot, you program each cap to shoot at precisely the right time delay- accurate in milliseconds to 5 zeros (expensive as hell- they were $26.80 per cap, vs .68 for a standard cap). Use a lot of pentolite for boosters for ANFO for large rock/ mining shots, but even the standard ANFO is being replaced by slurries or water gel (better water resistance). The standard block C4- meh- might use some for odd shapes, but not that often.

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Heating is never a problem as I am living near New Jersey which has a solar plant for power generation and heats always up in there. I would also use cold places, I fit myself in a refrigerator for cooling, funny.

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The house I had was built in 1850. It had a huge kitchen. It was designed for the kind of stove that you both cooked on AND heated the house with. You hung out in the kitchen; there was no ‘living room’. I think they still make wood cooking stoves.

A good cross cut timber saw actually cuts trees faster than a chain saw. No gas required. You just can’t log all day long with it, day after day. Or you can use axes.

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Vincine- they Do still make wood ranges, but the price will make you weep!

This company is rather pricy, but worth getting their catalog as an idea source. I also have bought parts for 80 year old lamps from them-

http://www.lehmans.com/store/Stoves___Cook_Stoves___Wood_Burning_Cook_Stoves?Ar gs=

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