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Fire Starter Kit Lorain OH

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
(440) 324-4100
Market Square
Elyria, OH
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(440) 835-3723
300 Crocker Park Boulevard
Westlake, OH
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(440) 268-9153
500 Southpark Center
Strongsville, OH
 
American Wilderness Campground*
(440) 926-3700
17273 Avon Belden Rd (St Rt 83)
Grafton, OH
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 15
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Timber Ridge Campground
(800) 421-7116, (440) 965-4113
51900 Portman Road
Amherst, OH
Campground Availability
136 Total Camp/RV Sites, 136 Electric and Water,

Oberlin Soccer Camps
260 Forest Street
Oberlin, OH
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(440) 686-2400
Great Northern Mall
North Olmsted, OH
 
Backpackers Shop Ohio Canoe
(440) 934-5345
5128 Colorado Avenue
Sheffield Village, OH
 
Findley State Park
(440) 647-5749
Wellington, OH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Schaun Acres Campground
(800) 421-7116, (440) 775-7122
51390 Route 303
Oberlin, OH
Campground Availability
98 Total Camp/RV Sites, 98 Electric and Water, 10 Full Hookups, 40 Max RV Length, 6 Pull-Thru Sites, 15 Sideouts,
Services
Dump Station, Group Area, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Boat Launch, Golf Facilities, Marina,

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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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