best thing to keep on hand

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by unclebear, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    I went to go out in the woods this morning it was cold and so I stopped into wally world and walking through the sporting section I grabbed a couple of cans of Sterno. Best stuff I've ever used to start a fire, I just piled up a bunch of wet branch's over the can in the fire pit lite the can and after 10 minutes the entire wet pile of branch's lit up, got a nice fire going even though it started to rain. :D
     
  2. Caoimhin

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    Good thinking Unclebear. I used to use that a lot 30 yrs ago but had forgotten. We have a bunch of partial cans here at work left over from a catered dinner. Now I know how to recycle them.
     

  3. trip286

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    They sell sterno at Wally world? Wow, I'll have to snag some. Is it under a different name or anything?
     
  4. OC357

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    Look for it in the camping dpt. I saw "sterno" there today.

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  5. Caoimhin

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    They sell it in the pots and pans area at our store. For chaffing dishes to use.
     
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Ah well, I'll just browse. There's always something at Wally world I need.
     
  7. Trez

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    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    Sternos work fantastic. I used to work for a catering company and I would always take home a bunch of left over ones to use on camping trips. I need to grab a few to stuff in the bug out bag.
     
  10. trip286

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    I used to work for Cisco systems near Raleigh Durham NC, and they got catered food all the time, and that's where I used to get sternos.

    Trez, thats a great idea, I think I've got an article on that in a backwoodsman magazine.
     
  11. OzarkRecluse

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    Road flares work great for starting fires in less than optimal conditions.
     
  12. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    I'll have to make one of the better ones at least you can see the flame on those, I couldn't see the flame on the sterno cans burn't my damn hand.
     
  13. Rex in OTZ

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    Burning brush piles

    We had weatern red ceader take over in some places on our place (pastures), had em dozed into tree piles, we'd wate till we had a good snow cover, we'd set them alight useing old car tires and diesel fuel with some old brown paper cattle feed bags as tinder, they'd burn & smoulder right through blizzards.
     
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  15. trip286

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    Now I'm going to have to try that. Open flame only, or would this apply to an electric stove too?
     
  16. adjusterr

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    firestarters

    There are many neat ways to start fires, cotton balls soaked in vaseline, etc. One of the best I've found is the process I use for my woodstove. I buy one of the "Fireplace Logs" at Wallyworld, cut it into chunks the size of a walnut then put it in a ziplock bag. put a chunk in your stove, or your campfire site, put your tinder over it and light it up.