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Need to make a few for a wedding coming up. I have some pretty dry douglas fir so hoping that will be OK and how many cuts in the top works best?

 

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I have made them a few times for scouts, better ones were easy burning timber like leylandii, lime, willow so I would say DF perfect - cherry for example didn't really work.

I put two cuts up to about 8 inch diameter log, 3 cuts for bigger. Depends how long they need to last I guess, you can light a new one easily by turning it over on top of a burning one.

The way I cut them is laying down in a holder, just cut a vee out of a big log part way and notch at the end (I can photo if that makes no sense). Then use the tip end of a 25 inch bar so it's parallel to the grain. This way the teeth peel the wood out in long shards, which fall from the bar before they jam in the saw.

I found this a lot quicker than standing the log up and ripping down the grain.

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The last lot I did, I prepacked with firelighters and wrapped in cheap clingfilm to keep dry and ready to go, suprising how efficient they can be.

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I use a 3 cuts and a bit of fire lighter gel down the centre. Good idea about wrapping in cling, will nick that one.

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I use 10" larch cut to 500mm length and put three cuts in them.  Remarkable how many get sold and those that do buy them always return and refer friends.  My only problem is that I never cut enough to supply the demand.

 

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