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Old 11-07-2007, 11:47 AM
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Don't have an oven yet, but for my indoor slow combustion stove I have a trigger pump spray mister thingy. I have the nozzle set to squirt rather than spray. Bit of newspaper, good bit of small split hardwood, a couple of squirts of metho, put a couple of bigger bits over the top and throw in a lighted match. Gets the thing drawing well almost immediately. The metho burns completely and cleanly.

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Old 11-07-2007, 12:15 PM
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The metho burns completely and cleanly.
This is a new one on me.

Whats metho?
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Old 11-07-2007, 12:22 PM
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Most likely methanol
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Old 11-07-2007, 12:30 PM
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sounds like an alcohol product. I don't know, in an enclosed space (WFO) that looks like a disaster waiting to happen.
Its really not hard to build a fire - safely. no alcohols, LPG, gasoline, or lighter fluids.
Dave, you spot on - newspaper and work your way up from small twigs to logs. A raging fire in about 10-15 minutes.
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If he's just putting a couple squirts on it, then its actually cleaner than any lighter fluid and pretty safe as long as he doesn't drink it
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sounds like an alcohol product.
Thanks ... not sure why I didn't realize that.

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I don't know, in an enclosed space (WFO) that looks like a disaster waiting to happen.
Its really not hard to build a fire - safely. no alcohols, LPG, gasoline, or lighter fluids.
I'm gonna try a venturi burner and propane.

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Dave, you spot on - newspaper and work your way up from small twigs to logs. A raging fire in about 10-15 minutes.
Works pretty well and an air compressor helps!!
The fire really likes the extra 02
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Also try starting the fire in the vent area and push it back once it really gets going.
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This is a new one on me.

Whats metho?
Methylated Spirits.
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:36 PM
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Methylated Spirits.
Or, in USA, denatured alcohol, the stuff you thin shelac with.
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:17 PM
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sounds like an alcohol product. I don't know, in an enclosed space (WFO) that looks like a disaster waiting to happen.
A coupla squirts is like a thimble full. Not Homer Simpson amounts (remember the episode where he uses two whole cans of fluid on his kettle BBQ - and causes a mushroom cloud when he lights it)

Metho burns relatively slowly - you can have it in an open tin and light it - it will burn off without exploding.

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I use it mainly to reduce smoke when the fire is getting started. Where I am it is a real problem in winter, when the air is still (and cold), the smoke from wood heaters fills the valley and just sits there...
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