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interguglielmi 04-05-2009 10:16 PM

starter logs question
i'm sure this has been asked already, but...... does anyone use DURAFLAME starter logs on the initial start up ? i found one that is all natural and was curious if it could use it for the start of the fire???? will it bother the oven floor?? ? thanks for any help ! -lee

Xabia Jim 04-05-2009 11:10 PM

Re: starter logs question
I don't see why not....I think it's a waste of money though! Paper and a few bits of kindling wood work fine!

DrakeRemoray 04-06-2009 10:17 AM

Re: starter logs question
Don't know about the "natural" duraflame, but the regular ones take forever to burn out, so you would have to wait that out before cooking or you would get off flavors imo...

As Jim said, wood and paper work fine. I know there was a thread about "top down" fires, but I cannot find it. This method works well for me.
Here is an external link about it
Top down


interguglielmi 04-06-2009 07:54 PM

Re: starter logs question
thanks ya'll, but i found a forno video where a cat was using a small piece of wax starter log to start his fire. i guess that is the same thing???? i was just afraid of it being on the ovens floor and ruining it.... again, i was just gonna use a small piece to start with.... thanks again !

Frances 04-07-2009 02:42 AM

Re: starter logs question
If you're looking for a simple and easy starter boost, someone mentioned soaking corks in methyl alcohol and placing one under the fire just before lighting it.

It works really well - I know this since we spent our last Winter holidays in a house with only wood heating.

The info (along with lots of other relevant ideas) is in here somewhere...

toyota08 04-07-2009 03:59 AM

Re: starter logs question
Hi all my way is to save my tea bags hang them to dry on a string,once dry i store them in methylated spirit they work great long hot burn and recycling at its best.

cheers Peter

PizzaPolice 04-07-2009 07:25 AM

Re: starter logs question
Ohhh! Now it's Cork Soaking is it? There are a few Cork Soakers in my town who just love to soak cork.

(Snidely stolen from a SNL skit.)

Not EVEN going to touch the teabag reference.

Xabia Jim 04-07-2009 10:10 PM

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Cork Soakers:D
and Drying tea bags eh? a chip of the whole block? I could see that!

Frances 04-08-2009 02:16 AM

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Oh dear oh dear oh dear...


I had no idea cork soaking was quite so popular!

Dutchoven 04-08-2009 05:29 AM

Re: starter logs question
See what you've done here...let these people run amok with this whole firestarter issue!!! Anyway a small bit probably would not do any our earlier days we used small firestarters and it was OK but I concur with Drake in not using the whole log...the top down fires work quite well but I am still a fan of just lining up the limbs straight back from the door to the back of the oven and then lighting a small kindling fire right in the front and letting it burn all the way back...
And another thing...bake hundreds maybe thousands of loaves of bread and no one calls you a baker but soak one little cork and for the rest of your life you're a cork soaker(had to get that one in!)

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