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Fire Starter Kit Westbrook ME

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.

Maine Premier Soccer and Portland Phoenix
Portland Sports Complex, 512 Warren Ave
Portland, ME
 
Sports Authority
(207) 773-7400
364 Maine Mall Road, Unit 2-200
South Portland, ME
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Bare Knee Point Kayak Rentals
(207) 283-4455
45 Camp Ellis Ave
Saco, ME
 
Pole and Paddle Canoe
(207) 793-2402
705 Foss Road
Limerick, ME
 
Wassamki Springs Campground*
(207) 839-4276
56 Saco St
Scarborough, ME
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 15
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Dick's Sporting Goods
(207) 828-4950
Mall Plaza
South Portland, ME
 
Eastern Mountain Sports
(207) 541-1919
87 Marginal Way
Portland, ME
 
L.L.Bean Adventures
(888) 552-3261
RT 1
Freeport, ME
 
Family and Friends Campground
(207) 642-2200
Standish, ME
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Bayley's Camping Resort*
(207) 883-6043
275 Pine Point Rd
Scarborough, ME
Campground Availability
End of April-Mid Oct
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Vol

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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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