There are so many places that heat and flame come in handy. I pondered this thought the other night as I visited with a few neighborhood friends. In between the lively banter and laughter were those moments of comfortable silence – you know, the ones when there is contentment in the air. The smallish table-style firepit was the perfect end to a great evening. The warmth and ambience made that crystal clear.
As a dyed-in-the wool pyromaniac, I love making fire – controlled fire, that is. You can’t be overly cautious when establishing a blaze whether large or small. So, I’m also somewhat of an enigma, being a stickler for building safe ones. For that reason, I’ve learned you can’t go wrong with the slow, yet deliberate fire-making solution that is Pyro Putty. It’s astounding how many safe holes, chambers, and other places are commonly home to the magic of flickering flames, glistening coals, and billows of smoke and I’ve found a pinch of Pyro Putty to be the answer, regardless of location. What are some of the places begging for a controlled blaze?
The Fire Pit
This one goes without saying. Whether grilling or smoking meats, spending time in thought and prayer, or just sitting around solving the world’s problems with others, the outdoor firepit, smoker, or chiminea is a great place to put Pyro Putty to work. Even more, Pyro Putty comes in a variety of blends, specially formulated for different season, as well as cooking.
Moving inside, the fireplace provides the same benefits of warmth and soothing atmosphere as its companion, the outside fire. Here, dens and living rooms come alive with flame, providing warmth and soothing the sole. A pinch or two of Pyro Putty easily beats, fire-starting bricks and certainly lighter fluid.
In the Dirt
This home to fire is a true hole and has a rich history. In fact, one of the most tried and true fire venues is the inground firepit. Whether or not it’s circled with stones, the campfire ring is a popular place for controlled blazes on hikes and camping trips. There is also the art of preparing food via the inground cooking pit. Often called the earth or ground oven, this is a great way to cook a variety of meats, including roasts and pork. In these cases, Pyro Putty proves to be a down to earth solution. Sorry…I couldn’t resist.
Drumming Up a Fire
Where I come from, 55-gallon drums are commonly used to burn trash and brush and, in some cases for controlled bonfires. It’s a safe alternative to burning open brush piles. Placing a pinch of Pyro Putty in the bottom of a barrel underneath small kindling and paper items is a great way to get your trash burn on.
The Coffee Can
It’s no secret I’m a hunter and spend a lot of time inside of hunting blinds. Thanks to a good friend, I learned the art of using a coffee can as a heat source by using a combination of charcoal and hardwood chunks and burning them in a large coffee can. It’s saved my hide on many of cold hunting mornings. It didn’t take me long to figure out that Pyro Putty is the perfect fire-starting method. After all, it’s quiet and doesn’t cause a ruckus.
The Backpack Stove
The minimalist backpack stove is one of my favorite places to create fire with Pyro Putty. Why? Because the two work together so well for more primitive settings. Both items are lightweight and take up little space. This means meals can easily be cooked and warmed in backcountry settings. It’s just one reason Pyro Putty is go-to gear for the camper, hiker or hunter that ventures into secluded wild places.
Needless to say, these are only a few of the holes, pits, and chambers that go with fires borne of a pinch of Pyro Putty. I’m willing to bet you can think up more. Keep a tin of Pyro Putty and a lighter close by, my friends.