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james 03-30-2006 11:01 PM

Starting your fire
Torch or match?

Mel's posting got me thinking. We have a good number of brick oven owners out there, and I am wondering how you start your fire. I have used all of my wax fire-starters, and had to resort to newspaper and a match last weekend. It was terrible.

Do you use a fire starter and a match, or a more serious torch?

What is the state of the art?

Send photos and recommendations.


CanuckJim 03-31-2006 04:59 AM

Starting Up

I use several methods for fire start up, including the ubiquitous newspaper and match. However, for a fail safe start, I use a propane torch that I bought years ago for plumbing. It has a spreader tip. Part of it, I guess, is using very small split softwood or branches from the yard as a base. Get that going and anything will burn on top of it.


james 04-03-2006 02:34 PM

Propane torch
Yep. I got a propane torch and it works a lot better than a gas match. Thanks for that.


vitoduke 04-03-2006 04:27 PM

Propane torch
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I'm looking forward to starting the next fire in the oven. ---Mel

Richard 04-05-2006 05:30 PM

I am having a difficult time finding a good source for wood.
I live in the Tousand Oaks area, ventura County Southern California.

Can anuone in the LA or surrounding area provide name of a good resource. Tired of buying wood from supermarket.

Marcel 04-06-2006 06:24 AM

A burning desire for local firewood
(M) I did a Search on Google for "Firewood for sale Thousand Oaks, California."

Among other returns I saw: California Firewood Sales - 15 miles NE - 10800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth, 91311 - (818) 886-2776

I suspect much of what you'll find will be Eucalyptus which is supposed to burn hot but may pop and be less manageable due to oils in the wood.

Maybe if you change the Search terms from Thousand Oaks to "southern California" you'll get more returns.

Here are 2 freebies but they may be very old:


FREE FREE FIREWOOD. You Haul. Call 805497-2266 between 8AM-11AM or 7PM-9PM. FREE FIREWOOD! ... 1961 Country Club Rd., THOUSAND OAKS. TWO FAMILY GARAGE SALE! ...

Such wood is often construction discards of broken 2x4s and generally not worth the trouble.

If you'd like to drive 900 miles N. to Oregon, I'll lend you my chain saw and you can cut up downed Alder and Big Leaf Maple. I charge 89 cents per ton but you need to bring your own wheel barrow and pneumatic splitter.



CanuckJim 04-07-2006 09:38 AM

A Burning Issue

Or, you and he could add on a few more thousand miles, and drive to Ontario. Bring your chainsaws, and we'll drop a bunch of hard maple and ash in a woodlot I have access to. I'll supply the beer: Molson Canadian, natch.


Robert Musa 04-07-2006 09:50 AM

my brother gave me a bunch of Eucalyptus. i would recommmend against it for pizza. its like burning tires. very oily - bad taste.

jengineer 04-07-2006 12:59 PM

405 & Rosecrans
There is a business on the north side of Rosecrans heading east from the 405. Next time I swing by I will check out the name and number.

there is also another place near Playa del Rey. I don't know the name or number and only get over there 1x or 2x per year, "Killer Shrimp" run. Again , if I remember, the next time I go that way I will post it.

Humm hard maple and ash - my mouth is watering.

My apologies to james as we have started to hijack this thread from starting fires to fuel for fires.

Robert Musa 05-30-2006 01:13 PM

i bought a flame thrower ...
:D have posted a short (and poor quality) windows movie (.wmv file) at this location for your viewing pleasure and amusement. i purchased the 100,000 btu "weed dragon". what amazes me is that THIS IS THE SMALL ONE. they also sell a 500,000 btu version. i already set one palm tree on fire requiring 4 buckets of water to extinguish (those little hairs on the trunk burn great). the unit is also outstanding for lighting charcoal. my charcoal chimney is now retired. buy one while they're still legal in california and be a hero to your (male) children. weed dragon website is here.

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