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Drip torch fuel.

kevinj

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Hey Guys.

I like to get some ideas about drip torches for controlled burning.

What's the best fuel mix ???

Thanks to all those who who respond !!!
 
kevinj

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You must be from the city, around here controlled burning consists of a water hose and a case of beer......:)


J/K, I have had good luck with diesel fuel or kerosene.....

No.

I live back in the woods ya see.
A woman, and the kids, and the dog and me...

:cheers:

I tried the diesel and kerosene mix.

But I've heard that chainsaw mix and kerosene is better...

any thoughts ???
 
fsfcks

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Our county recommends 4 parts diesel and 1 part gasoline in a proper modern drip torch i.e. one with flame out etc.
 
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No.

I live back in the woods ya see.
A woman, and the kids, and the dog and me...

:cheers:

I tried the diesel and kerosene mix.

But I've heard that chainsaw mix and kerosene is better...

any thoughts ???
Do you make your own whiskey and your own smokes too?




I dunno 'bout the chainsaw mix, never really heard of that method to be completely honest with ya. Why dont ya try it out and let us know!:cheers:
 
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No.

I live back in the woods ya see.
A woman, and the kids, and the dog and me...

:cheers:

I tried the diesel and kerosene mix.

But I've heard that chainsaw mix and kerosene is better...

any thoughts ???

I would not try this mix it would probably go up in your face
the less gas you use in a drip torch the safer it is

4 liters of diesel to 1 liters gas
 

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Our city just did a controlled burn a few weeks ago, they use a 50/50 mix of diesel and 40:1 mix, seems to work well without burning too violently.

I use mixed gas to light brush piles a lot, it burns fast but the oil in it keeps it from blowing up in your face like straight gas does. A backpack blower really gets a brush pile burning!
 
moose42

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burned 200ac weekend bf last. 3/1 diesel to gas.
That is what I use and what I was taught. I worked for the Forest Service on fires and that is what we used for backfires and burn piles. Just remember not to fill it all the way or it will just start shooting out when it warms up.
 
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Mix

The official mix is anywhere between 3:1 and 5:1. Parts diesel to parts Gas.

So the 4:1 answer above works well.
(yes there have been instances of 1:3 and wow!)

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One advantage to slash fuel (drip torch mix) is that you can get rid of older gas and questionable containers of unknowns.

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Back in the 70's I was a grunt on a study where several ignition methods we checked out. All operators were traded back and forth between ignition tools and had to keep track of piles ignited each day.

The drip torch won.

It wasn't the best every day, it was the best overall.

If you have a serious fire jones this is a three pitcher discussion.

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I think the drip torch is the safest if you can follow rules. (I have a 4 decade experience background.)

Stick to the correct mix and don't burn if you spill on yourself. Tough rules like don't smoke when refueling.

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Diesel and kerosene are the same. Mixed gas may be just slightly cooler than straight.
 
slowp

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Have you tried napalm?
Napalm is not called napalm when used for burning slash. It is called alumagel, or something like that.

Yes, I have. You put it in seal a meal baggies, toss one in a pile, light it with a torch or fusee and move on to the next slash pile. When bored, you can prick a hole in the baggie, light the drip and watch the fire drip. But don't catch your gloves on fire. It seemed messier than working with a drip torch.
 
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