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    Have you seen this video where the guy uses a bow drill for making fire, he uses birch bark and then, while using it, it gets hot and literally explodes.

    How can this be possible? Did anyone who used this technique experienced an explosion before? Did it ever took on fire while drilling?

    Amazing video anyway...


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    I can't post the url but you can search it on youtube: primitive bow drill fire explosion

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    I just watched the vid and have to call..........wait for it.........

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    The cutaway editing is the give away. Anybody can sprinkle a little black powder into a bowdrill divot when the camera isn't running.
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    I didn't bother looking for it, but just because it's on You tube doesn't make it true.

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    crushed match heads will do the same thing.
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    Found this video...

    Maybe unrelated.

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    I once had that problem. One of my elbows spontaneously burst into flame. That's the last time I ever tried it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    Found this video...

    Maybe unrelated.

    Yeah, unrelated. Blowing a coal to flame is a bit different than what the OP was talking about.
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    Here's the video I talked about if you're curious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B185M2f_Zp4

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    I am curious alright.

    I am wondering how one produces an explosive fire when there is not enough heat in the spindle to produce smoke.

    You see, I go to gatherings of folks who have contests doing this sort of thing and after seeing thousands of friction and flint and steel fires produced I have never seen the effect shown in the film unless there were chemicals or other additives involved in the process.

    Even using the magic bark, most people have great difficulty getting a workable coal and they will spend a lifetime vainly attempting to replicate what they see here.

    It is very deceptive and creates a false expectation.
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    Well I haven't seen thousands of attempts but I just can't buy it. I know I've sawed on BD rigs enough to have a pretty good idea.

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    There's as much bull crap in that video as in the video of the guy using an orange for friction fire. Notice how he had to wipe the lighter fluid off his stick. I still shake my head with the thought that there are a lot of people blistering their hands trying to replicate this.

    Just because its on the internet, does not make it real.

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    hmmm. Crash wins. Sorry, Dave just doesn't strike BS flags for me.

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    Good luck with that.....LOL
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