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    Default Burning wet wood.

    Camping with my wife after a rainstorm, i was gathering wood for a fire when I ran across another bunch of older gentlemen, sitting around a NON-lit cmpfire. I asked them If I could use a large log just outside of their site. They laughed and told me that they had tried to burn that soaking wet tree trunk for 2 days, with no luck. I told them that I could have this log up and burning within 10 minutes of lighting it.
    they laughed and bet me $50.00 that I COULD NOT get and keep it lit.They stipulated that I couldnot use gasoline, I agreed.
    I took the bet and dragged the item back to my campsite.
    I grabbed a tube of PL400 from my truck and slathered the whole tube on the log.
    It went up instantly and stayed lit all night long.


    And I was $50.00 richer!


    Sub Floor adhesive is an EXCELLENT fire starter even for wet items.

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    Wood will be gold when there is no other way to heat and cook foods.

    Keeping the wood dry is another objective accomplished with a plastic tie down cover.

    Stocking up on a bit of wood would not be a bad idea.

    What is PL400?

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    PL400 is a construction adhesive. "Liquid Nails" is another brand name. You don't want to breathe heavy around either, gives you a chemical buzz.

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    MUSIBIKE
    Wood will be gold when there is no other way to heat and cook foods.
    Yep, for those of you that have wood burning heaters in your home you will want to stock up on wood this summer. Because heating rates will go through the roof this winter.
    So burn wood a tell them oil Co.s that we don't need there oil & gas.
    If we can't beat them at the gas pump, we can beat them at heating our homes.

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    Yes, good point that I forgot to mention, SJ, do not breath in deeply or cook on the fire immdeiately after using this. Too many chemicals, ya know...kinda like burning treated lumber/ just wait till the fire has burned for about 30 mins and all traces of the adhesive is gone from sight.

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    number 10

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    Keep you some set aside in a rolled up garbage bag. At least when you get it started, some wood that is sort of wet will burn once you have coals going.

    It is starting to get cool enough outside now late in the evenings to cook outside. :-) I plan of doing at least one cook out this weekend. Time to do some tree cutting too.
    M U S I B I K E

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    PL400 is a construction adhesive. "Liquid Nails" is another brand name.
    I was going to ask, but you beat me to the answer.
    "Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem" Ronald Reagan

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    UPDATE:

    Only Liquid Nails offers the afore mentioned ignition qualities. I recently tried some generic PL400 "no name" and it lit, but subsequently went out immediately...a dud.
    I used the whole tube and only wasted it...

    There IS NO SUBSTITUTE for Liquid Nails!!!!!!!!!

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    I used to use old tires and fill them with gasoline to get a good roaring fire going.
    Never tried liquid nail stuff.
    Foo Gas is pretty close to napalm. Mix 2/3 diesel, 1/3 gasoline and make a mush out of it by putting in a bunch of wood saw dust.
    Next time yah go camping bring a little container of that with you. Pile your wood up, toss a few globs of that stuff on and sit back and watch the show.
    Save yah a few bucks on the liquid nail.
    "Man needs but two things to survive alone in the woods. A blow up female doll and his trusty old AK-47" - Thomas Jefferson 1781


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