Teach shut-in children the joys of pyro with homemade fire snakes

Crazed, cooped up children, tightly-wound parents at their wit's end, lighter fluid, baking soda, and burning sugar -- what could go wrong?

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When 'The Benny Hill Show' meets a Eugene, Oregon gasoline thief

A U-Haul parking lot burst into flame after a man threw a lit firework at his girlfriend, unknowingly disturbing a gasoline thief. All sorts of antics are captured on camera. Read the rest

How to Build a Fire with a Knife and a Piece of Bamboo

My friend Dug North shared this video on YouTube at the request of another friend. It is unedited and a bit long, but it's a fascinating technique that requires only a knife and a segment of bamboo.

Like a lot of friction-fire techniques, the prep is important (and a tad fiddly) and it takes a while to get the hang of it, but it looks as though, once you learn it, it's really not that hard.

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The strange pyromaniacal niche of wooden match chain reaction videos

I love how watching one YouTube video you happen upon can scoop up a whole genre of videos you didn't even know existed. Witness the match chain reaction genre. I watched the first video below and that lead to countless others.

I cannot imagine the patience (not to mention the desire) required to cut and glue together thousands of wooden matches. And is the time invested in building the structure proportional to the rush the builder gets during the burn?

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This portable fire pit is pretty nice to have around

I was absolutely thrilled with this hot burning, nearly smoke-free portable fire pit.

If you are dispersed camping and you do not want to dig a fire pit everywhere you go, or you just want to enjoy a wood-burning fire in your backyard without scorching your pavement or yard, this fire pit has me convinced.

A friend joined me at the coastal camping site I've enjoyed this week. When he asked whe he could bring I told him firewood would be awesome, as the camp hosts were selling stuff that just wouldn't burn. I'd tried lighting some charcoal and using it as a base to start my fires, but they were still just smokey and unfun. I had given up on reading by the fire with my whiskey and had taken to going to bed early.

Lo and behold my friend arrived with the Solo Stove 'Ranger' -- a portable firepit that is designed to maximize airflow to the fuel, burn hot, radiate heat but thrown off almost no smoke. It is 'lightweight' for car camping uses and only weighs in around 15lbs. He took the Ranger out of its bag, threw some wood in it and then set the fire off with a tablespoon or two of the white gas I keep around for my Coleman Stove (we've both know White Gas as 'LBS' or liquid boy scout since our teens.) Instantly the fire was started and within a few moments it was roaring along!

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Stormproof survival matches light in awful weather

Matches that will light just about anyplace there is oxygen can come in really handy.

Keep this waterproof case of storm matches in your survival kit. I have one in my camper and another in my emergency bag. As long as there is still phosphorus on the matchstick, these suckers will light and burn.

The plastic case comes with an o-ring and extra striker pads, so you can buy a box of extra matches and refill it.

UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers via Amazon

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How I learned to stop worrying and love explosions

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Rocket engine test fire

Just what the headline says. Watch it burn.