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The simple, yet exasperating, art of lighting a fire

Life is humbling, as my fire-starting abilities never fail to prove

By Cal Flyn   September 2018

Lighting a fire is really, really, really hard

They say that “there’s no smoke without fire,” but anyone who has spent a furious evening poring over a damp and discouraging firepit in the lashing rain knows this to be untrue. One can produce plenty of thick, dark smoke, over a long period of time, and yet still fail to produce flames for more than a few thrilling seconds at a time.

Starting a fire is the simplest and yet most exasperating of tasks. There are…

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