Did you ever play with matches or otherwise play with fire when you were a kid?

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  1. prawnpower

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    It seems like there was a period whith some people, when they were quite young, they were fascinated with fire.
    Anyone?
     
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    head over to the "BBQs are brilliant" thread or the "wood burner" ones. A lot of people are still fascinated with fire :)
     
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    I liked using a magnifying glass when I was kid. Burnt loads of stuff with it and if I didn't get it quite right a whole newspaper sheet would burn up in dramatic fashion.
     
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    I did that with insects
     
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    First step to becoming a serial killer ;)
     
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    Yes I was fascinated by fire and started a couple of grass fires that the crews from the station I now work at would have attended......oops!
     
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    Not in an arsonist way, but I used to play with matches when I was a kid.
    I could strike a redhead match with my teeth, hold lighted match heads together making them stick to each other making all sorts of shapes, and even smoke them when I didn't have any ciggies.

    BTW IG...I love my wood burner :D
     
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    My body count is only 1 so not serial yet :D
     
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    I used to build fires and still enjoying it today. I never did any damage though as I was taught how to construct a fire safely in the cub scouts. Also if your're of a certain age and bought comics like Warlord or Valiant they often had sections teaching you surival techniques and one mainstay was how to buld a fire. By the time I was 10 years old I was providing a valuable service advising neighbours how to properly construct a bonfire for guy fawkes night.
     
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    Set fire to a telegraph pole covered in tarred rags. Went up mightily quickly and roused the neighbours!
     
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    Of course!

    Nothing like making sure all the matches are facing the same way, then lighting all the heads at the same time......best 7p ever spent!
     
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    It wasn't a criticism ;)
     
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    It use to be called a genie round my way.
     
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    We used tightly wrap matches in tin foil and a magnifying glass or lighter to heat the outside and watch them explode. If anyone wants to give it a try it isn't advisable to pack too many matches together. I tried 20 once and it went off like a grenade, setting my snorkel jacket on fire.
     
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    Erm, yes. Still have a scar on my left hand when I absent-mindedly set a plastic bag on fire and some of it dripped onto my hand.
     
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    When I was a kiddie, myself and a couple of friends found some rags in a old garage, one of us had a box of matches so we thought we'd have "campfire" unfortunately no one stopped to think if the rags were covered In anything (oil)

    It didn't end well:oops:
     
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    yes I did... :)

    my nan used to have a coal fire and I was fascinated with that and I lied throwing bits of paper etc into it...

    we for a while had an electric bar fire - and I'd still throw tiny bits of paper (matchstick head size) and watch them burn as they hot the bars...

    my best tho - I was a home alone kid (but sensible) from about the age of 6 - my parents had to work etc... and one xmas I had a small plastic box and filled it up with white spirits and placed it on my back doorstep and lit it...but it was breezy and the wind blew it out...
    so, I took it into the kitchen and placed that onto a piece of card and watched it for a few minutes while the white spirit was alight...and that was that :)
    but when i was done and removed everything - there was a bit black burn mark on the lino...sh*t..!
    we had the same lino in the bathroom - and there was a loose piece at the end of the bath - tghat was nice and square... so, I got that - and some nails (from my railway - used to attached the line to some wood) and began to hammer the lino into the concrete kitchen floor...

    fuinnily enough - I can't remember anything of what happened when my parents came home... :D
     
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    Charged and sentenced for arson when I was 15, I burned down a police training pavilion. Received 30 hours attendance center and my mother was slapped with a £200 fine.
    Not one of my proudest moments in life, but thankfully I left that part of me in the 90s.

    That is the one I was caught for, but never did any thing like that again after that as it was too close to ending up in prison for me.

    When I was even younger (around 10) me and a few mates used to build bonfires every day in the holidays, we used to scavange around for any thing to put on it, aerosol cans, even bath tubs, as much plastic as possible, etc.

    Yes, I was fascinated with fire.
     
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    Yep, used to love matches. Burning my Airfix kits, wrapping the ends of matches in foil and holding a lit match under them, lighting a roll of caps, belting a roll of caps with a hammer... good times :)
     
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    A friend and I once filled a small envelope with petrol to see how long it will take to burn through once we lit the edge of it. We were in the back yard next to the swimming pool. We put it on the ground then lit it, then his mom came around the corner so he decided to try and stamp it out. I guess you can what imagine what happened as soon as hit foot came crashing down on the thing.
     
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    yes, back in the 70s (northeast at least) - people would often have bonfires for the hell of it... we'd even cook potatoes on them and eat them...tho, can't imagine they were cooked very well..!
     
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    yeah - same, used to love trying to start burning stuff with magnifying glass but also matches to burn leaves and stuff.
     
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    Getting a load of candles in a tin and melting them over a small fire. When they had melted and got hot enough, they would smoke and then the smoke would catch. That was the time to throw water on it. The water would hit the very hot molten wax, evaporate instantly and the whole would erupt into a spectacular ball of flame.

    No, never did anything like that ;)
     
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    Duke of Edinburgh expedition we asked whether we could make a small fire in a fire pit at the campsite - it ended up being about 10 pallets all stacked up, completely out of control and people throwing batteries and cans of deodorant in.

    Also remember genieng lighters, or buying cheapo plastic 20p lighters at the shops and just chucking them as hard as you can at the ground :D
     
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    I blame the SAS Survival Handbook for a lot of it. Summers would be spent making camps, dipping match heads in melted wax to make them waterproof, trying to make nettle soup. As Reiteration says, spuds were a menu staple. We used to raid potato fields for them.

    One time on our way home from school we walked past an oil drum fire outside a local garage that done resprays. We tipped a bin full of used aerosol cans in it and waited to see what happened. It was like something out of Saving Private Ryan, shrapnel was flying everywhere and the oil drum was nothing but a crater. Bloody stupid... but funny.
     
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    yep really sensible stuff too like mixing weedkiller, sugar and nail gun pellets, also making thermite.
     
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    we'll have the NSA spying on here because of that post now... :)
     
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    Ahem, friends of mine accidentally burned down an abandoned farmhouse when skipping school.
    Hauled some straw bales in to sit in the living room, started a fire in the old fireplace.
    You can guess the rest.
    I'm glad I wasn't there to experience the sheer panic or the physical stress of the lengthy run to the nearest phone box (it was the 70s).
     
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    I still have that book in the attick. I think I have had it nearly 30 years. It looks battered but is still readable. Twas a good job none of the traps I tried to make from it ever worked...

    P.s. i still have a survival tin somewhere in an old tobacco tin. complete with fishing line, magnesium block, needle, zinc plaster, mini compass etc
     
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    was 20 years ago, im a good boy now. /wave to uncle sam
     

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