Fritos as fire starter
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Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Fritos as fire starter on 06/27/2012 07:50:22 MDT Print View

Back in S. Texas visiting the family and I saw on the local morning show that Fritos can be used as a fire starter! Looks like it burns kinda sooty but a handful burns for some time. Pretty cool but somehow disturbing I thought.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
re: Fritos on 06/27/2012 09:16:31 MDT Print View

Just be sure to use them without any dip!

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Scoops on 06/27/2012 09:47:22 MDT Print View

I've played around with the concept myself, mainly to provide a little funky shock-and-awe to my mates when starting a camp fire while truck camping. I mix an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (Purell) 50-50 with Everclear to boost the alcohol content, and squirt a bit into a Scoop, light it, then add a few more Scoops around the edge. Then just add tiny kindling. It works like a charm, and it is guaranteed to impress the 8-year olds.

But if I really want to dazzle them, I set up the fire first, complete with tiny kindling at the base, then arranging the correct configuration of wood in increasing diameters on top. Then, I use a Snow Peak blow torch to set the kindling on fire. Noisy, effective, and impressive--an instant camp fire. It's a good use of nearly empty 110 g. canisters.