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Thread: fire starting methods

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    Any issues for you guys using the forum the past few minutes?? I have been booted off the sight entirely, after the sight freezes up.
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    The site is freezing on me when I click on new posts. Are there gremlins in the server again?
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    I'm kinda partial to using a Benz-o-matic soldering torch and a half quart of motor oil.
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    2. If you can't reach your kit when you need it....Its useless.

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    Co pilot: Holy cow! Look at that! The Alaskan pipeline must be burning.

    Pilot peering through binoculars: Nope. Just Klkak building a fire.

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    smart *** lol but love good idea now one problem its probably illegal
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    or maybe i got a life and a girl friend

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    Ranger andy, I don't really like any of your options. My prefrences are birch bark, cat tails, and cotton balls doused in petrolium jelly.
    Speaking of which, Crash, nice fire starting kit. I've actually taken the matches out of my kit. Now I just get a twig, give it a swirl in the cottonball vasoline container and hit it with a spark from my strike force. and there you go , home made match, burns longer than a match, stays lit even in a down pour, and I get way more lights out of the same container the matches were in.
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    Out of all of the different tinders in the kit (dry cotton, vaseline soaked cotton, dryer lint, sisal twine, Wetfire Tinder) the Wetfire is pretty awsome stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Co pilot: Holy cow! Look at that! The Alaskan pipeline must be burning.

    Pilot peering through binoculars: Nope. Just Klkak building a fire.
    I said "half a quart" not half the contents of an "oil tanker"
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    I'm with crash, Out of all of the different tinder's in my kit (Vaseline soaked cotton, dryer lint, sisal twine, Wetfire Tinder 'AND' NATO wind-proof/waterproof matches), the Wetfire and the NATO matches are the best, and always with me. They will always burn even in pouring rain!
    And as crash put it "Wetfire is awesome stuff"!!!
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    RANT:
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    It seems to me that lately several young people my age (young teens) are coming and disrespecting their elders. I'm a firm believer that children, including myself, shouldn't smart off to people older than themselves. Difference of opinions are fine, suggestions are fine, but smarting off because you don't like an answer they give you is entirely unacceptable.
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    Back on topic... I've been trying to ween myself off man made tinder. I carry it, but only for emergencies when I need a fire FAST. Nothing gives you a feeling quite like starting a fire with natural tinder and a flint and steel. For man made tinder nothing beats dryer lint soaked with petroluem jelly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewnOK View Post
    I've been trying to ween myself off man made tinder. I carry it, but only for emergencies when I need a fire FAST. Nothing gives you a feeling quite like starting a fire with natural tinder and a flint and steel. For man made tinder nothing beats dryer lint soaked with petroleum jelly.
    Matt, first, I 99% of the time only use a Flint to start my fires. The other 1% is used to keep my abilities (practice) starting fires the old ways ie; fire bow etc. Yes the other items I use are man made, JUST like the dryer lint, which needs a Dryer machine to start with! Next your petroleum jelly, it's a major man made product! Last problem, your steel is also man made When I practice a fire-bow, I don't use boot laces or any other factory product, I make my cordage from the naturals in that area. Yes very time consuming, but natural! but not completely, because I'm not going to Knapp a knife or axe, so I use a man made steel knife. (Again only to stay proficient will I Knapp a knife.) So If it's pouring or snowing heavily with serious winds, I will use a flint and Wetfire or the NATO matches. That will save me or my party. As for your statement "For man made tinder nothing beats dryer lint soaked with petroleum jelly." I then can only deduct that you've never tried WetFire, or even the NATO matches. Do you follow what I'm saying?
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    a zip lock bag filled with Diesel Dust is nice... I keep a bag in my fire starting kit. which is a small dry bag containing 2 lighters, a couple of candles, some vaselined up cotton balls, a bunch of waterproof matches, some strike anywhere matches, and a magnesium fire starter, a couple of tampons, and some drier lint. When I am guiding other people, I like to have back-ups for my back-ups, so it may seem like overkill. But, its relatively small and I've never had to deal with not being able to start a fire!

    Lastly...I am competent at making and using a bow drill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Wolf View Post
    Matt, first, I 99% of the time only use a Flint to start my fires. The other 1% is used to keep my abilities (practice) starting fires the old ways ie; fire bow etc. Yes the other items I use are man made, JUST like the dryer lint, which needs a Dryer machine to start with! Next your petroleum jelly, it's a major man made product! Last problem, your steel is also man made When I practice a fire-bow, I don't use boot laces or any other factory product, I make my cordage from the naturals in that area. Yes very time consuming, but natural! but not completely, because I'm not going to Knapp a knife or axe, so I use a man made steel knife. (Again only to stay proficient will I Knapp a knife.) So If it's pouring or snowing heavily with serious winds, I will use a flint and Wetfire or the NATO matches. That will save me or my party. As for your statement "For man made tinder nothing beats dryer lint soaked with petroleum jelly." I then can only deduct that you've never tried WetFire, or even the NATO matches. Do you follow what I'm saying?
    Yes, I think we're saying the same thing. I carry matches and lighters, but I also carry flint and steel and can build a fire with a bowdrill (sometimes...) I've been meaning to give wetfire a try but haven't get around to it yet. What I meant is if it's a nice clear sunny day and i'm in no hurry i'll start a fire with a flint and some cedar bank, but if i just fell into 40 degree water and need a fire RIGHT then I'll be using matches/lighters and some good man made tinder.
    BTW are all the little commercial tinder things basically the same despite the name?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewnOK View Post
    BTW are all the little commercial tinder things basically the same despite the name?
    IMO, no they are not.
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    down here in south australia you cant beat a piece of paperbark torn strait off the tree this stuff ignites with the smallest spark.also the fluffy down from the smoke tree ,one spark and its in flames.it is one of the only tinders that i can get fire with a flint and steel thats not the manufactureed type

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    I have cotton balls and dryer lint in petroleum jelly in film canisters. I also have some slow match in a tinder box and some water proof matches. I also cary a strike force.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    IMO, no they are not.
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