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I think that this is one of those things that has to be left to an individual's judgment. Some people would consider even starting the fire to be polluting even if it was done in accordance with Leave no Trace principles. If this is something that bothers you, why not simply err on the conservative side and either use naturally occurring tinder or choose ...


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Since you mentioned pre-cut firewood, I'm assuming you're car camping or at some other location where you can easily bring some store-bought materials (not backpacking). By far the easiest way I've found is to use a synthetic log such as Duraflame for about $2. Place that at the bottom of the wood pyre, arrange the wet logs on top, then light the synthetic ...



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