Challenge & GAW: One stick fire with green wood round 2

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  1. R Stowe

    R Stowe MOA #61 Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass I

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    Sorry crew. I’ve been out of service most of the weekend at a training. I’ll get a prized picked so this can move along. I’ll also get back out there to try this again. My biggest lessons were to not rush this process and have way way more prep than you think it is way more prep.
     
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    Congrats to the winners and good job to everyone who participated in this challenge. Good job with the photos and explanations of what you did to make it happen.

    I made a half hearted attempt to get something going but I can see from what was involved here that a greenwood fire takes tons of time and effort.
     
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    time, meh, effort, meh... mine may have took me an hour and 35 min... but honestly 40 minutes of it I was mowing the lawn ;p. I dropped the tree, did the prep, mowed the lawn for 40 min then lit it up did the deed and went back to mowing the lawn.
     
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    Hoping to get an attempt at this challenge in this weekend. Better late than never. Any last minute tips on wood selection?
     
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    Don't use maple... and allow plenty of time.
     
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    don’t use maple? Page 2 scroll down... my phone doesn’t show post numbers.

    Advice, get your prep thin, do your curls first so you maximize its drying time, make plenty. Keep the rest of your prep under 1/4 thick. You only need to boil water not cook a burger
     
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    Dang. Got me beat. If I had time for a second attempt I was going to track down an ash or something similar. The maple I used didn't want to take a spark even with shavings and dust that had some time to dry.
     
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    My first attempt was with maple - it was a monster to start!
     
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    If you use maple try and make sure it is sunny out. Dust holds moisture unless you spread it out thin. Species, humidity, temperature, sun/cloud and time are all factors on how long it is before you can get it to light up. The higher the humidity, lower the temperature, cloudier it is the longer it has to dry. Some species barely take time to dry while others take longer. I'm busy this weekend but maybe next weekend I'll get to that post on greenwood fire I want to do.
     
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    Well today was a semi-bust. Couldn't harvest any green wood where we ended up, so I put the Tops Backpacker's Bowie through paces instead. Really liking it so far. Tomorrow is another day for another attempt at the attempt. Lol 00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20190810151908242_COVER.jpg
     
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