Patent Model - Improvement in Fire-Kindlers

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George Eldridge, Patentee
Production date
Apr 11 1876
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Wood, moss, pinecone
20 1/2 x 20 x 2 3/4" (52.1 x 50.8 x 7cm)
“I take a piece of paper about twelve inches square, and lay upon it a piece of wood, about eight inches long; then I take, say from six to eight pine burrs or cones, and lay one-half of them adjacent to one side of the wood, and the other half of them on the opposite side… A liquor composed of melted resin and kerosene, or other flammable oil, is then mixed in about equal proportions, and while the liquor is hot it is poured on the burrs and the wood … I may use dried grass, leaves, shavings, and sawdust…and saturate the entire mass. A piece of wood is then applied and pressed to the other parts, and the paper is wrapped around the whole. The tree burrs or cones being open and porous, a draft of air circulates through the bundle, causing it to burn freely and kindle the fire readily." (Patent Number 175,858)
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