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Fire Starter Kit Jeannette PA

Fire starting can be a daunting tast. But there are many materials(both manmade and natural) that can be used to almost guarantee that you’ll end up with flames. Warmth, light, the ability to dry your wet socks, cook your food, purify your water and signal for help. All these are benefits of having a nice campfire. But fire starting is often a daunting task. That’s why there are fire starters. When we talk about fire starters, we aren’t discussing waterproof matches or cigarette lighters — those are ignition systems.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(724) 853-1752
Westmoreland Mall South
Greensburg, PA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(412) 858-1200
Monroeville Mall Annex
Monroeville, PA
 
Exkursion Outfitters, Inc.
(412) 372-7030
4037 William Penn Highway
Monroeville, PA
 
Dusty Mobile Home Village*
(412) 849-5341
14940 Rte 30
North Huntingdon, PA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Policies
Pets OK
Recreation
Golf Nearby

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KOA-Madison/Pittsburgh
(800) 562-4034
New Stanton, PA
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Dick's Sporting Goods
(724) 522-9777
Hempfield Pointe Plaza
Greensburg, PA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(412) 476-9940
The Waterfront
Homestead, PA
 
Saltsburg River & Trail
(724) 639-1314
111 Market Street
Saltsburg, PA
 
Fox Den Acres Campground*
(724) 925-7054
390 Wilson Fox Rd
New Stanton, PA
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 31
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Wading Pool, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Keystone State Park
(724) 668-2939
New Alexandria, PA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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How to Get a Campfire Blazing

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Fire Starters: How to Get a Campfire Blazing


From the pages of Camping Life Magazine

Warmth, light, the ability to dry your wet socks, cook your food, purify your water and signal for help. All these are benefits of having a nice campfire. But fire starting is often a daunting task. That’s why there are fire starters. When we talk about fire starters, we aren’t discussing waterproof matches or cigarette lighters — those are ignition systems. The kinds of fire starters we’re talking about are special materials (both manmade and natural) that can be used to almost guarantee that you’ll end up with flames, sometimes even when the fuel is damp. Think of these materials as “accelerants,” because they catch fire quickly and easily, then speed the progress of the blaze.

WITHIN ARM’S REACH

Accelerants exist in nature, so you might be able to find some good fire starters right near camp. Pitch, for example, is a great aid to fire starting. It is a resinous material that occurs naturally in some evergreen trees, especially those that have suffered a wound in the distant past. The wound filled with sap, as the tree attempted to heal itself. Over time, the sap was absorbed into the wood fibers and passed through a natural distillation process whereby it became thick, heavy and hard. The result is “pitch wood,” and it is highly prized as a natural fire starter because it will catch a flame and hold it, even in adverse weather conditions. The old wound will often leave the tree weak and vulnerable to breakage. If you find a tree that has been shattered by wind or a snow load, take a closer look and see if you can find slivers of heavy, darkly stained pitch wood that can be pulled loose and used as a fire starter. Even if the tree hasn’t had time to develop pitch wood, fresh evergreen sap is volatile and can be used to make a good fire starter. So, if you find a tree that is oozing sap, collect some on several twigs that will be used at the base of your fire. The more you use the better. Sap on the surface of a twig won’t necessarily make the twig itself more flammable, but it will serve to hold the flame longer and give you a better chance to ignite the tinder and kindling that you have prepared. Like any volatile liquid, the sap will eventually be consumed, but by the time it is, you will hopefully have the fire well ablaze.

HOMEMADE STARTERS

If you want to prepare your own homemade fire starter, you can do it by using lint from your clothes drier filter, and candle wax or paraffin. Here’s the way I do it: Tear off enough lint to form a marble-sized ball. Light a candle and drip 10 to 15 drops of wax into the lint. Then, while the wax is still warm enough to be pliable, wad the lint into a pellet. Store these in a small zip-close plastic bag until needed. The lint is a good tinder material that catches fire easily, but it burns with a fleeting flame and never burns completely. By adding the wax, the pellet catches a flame...

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