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How do you make fire in the woods?
Matches
13%
 13%  [ 3 ]
Lighter
22%
 22%  [ 5 ]
Fire Steel
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Combination
63%
 63%  [ 14 ]
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scalesandtails
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Joined: 21 Jun 2005
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Location: Grants Pass, OR

PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a magnizeum with flint bar and a thing of lifeboat matches,I also carry rubber tubing,vasoline soaked cotton balls and some trick birthday candles,the kind that blow out and restart. I have not tried it yet,but i hear that antibioctic cream,is a good fire starter to,And that something that most people have in there first aid kit.
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Drop-Shot
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Joined: 08 Mar 2006
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Location: Helena Montana

PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:03 pm    Post subject: fire starter Reply with quote

Like alot of folks I use the Blast Match and have the magniesium starter also as a back up.I also carry dryer lint mixed with vasoline in film canisters.I don't rely on just 1 fire starter I carry both mentioned as well as a lighter just in case.Drop-Shot
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fd-ems-emt
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Joined: 08 Jun 2006
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Location: Glendale, NY

PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've made fire a few different ways during my years. So I chose combination

Here is another way of making char::

100% cotton fabric
a metal tin with a closefitting lid
a fire

1.Cut the fabric into small pieces (5 cm/2 inch square is about right), and place in the tin. If the can is truly airtight (e.g. has a screw on lid) you may which to make a small hole in the lid, but this is not necessary for tins with press on lids.

2.Place the tin in the fire for at least a few minutes. It will get red hot. Once it has reached this stage you can move it out of the fire, or wait for the fire to die down. Do not open the tin while it is still hot, or the char might ignite.

3.You now have char.
If it is totally black and somewhat fragile (i.e. tears easily) you have gotten it right. If it is only brownish you need to fire it some more.


Other different materials for char::

I found this information for you to try if you want expand fire making skills..

Rush pith - easy to make an takes a spark if anything too easily - you need a lot - it races away.

Bramble pith is unreliable but can work OK ..

Any woody bracked fungus will work superbly.

Wet fungi weren’t very successful, but would probably be if dried slowly before trying to char them.

Punk wood also superb

Charred herbivore dung also works well.
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Canyon Runner
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Joined: 15 Sep 2006
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Location: Soaking Wet, WA

PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 1:26 am    Post subject: Fire Starter Reply with quote

Take a small can of olives, sit down and enjoy eating them or put em on a salad....then:

Clean out the can.
Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard as tall as the can by about 12" long.
Coil it and set it inside the can.
Melt enough wax to fill the can leaving a small amount of the cardboard exposed.

When needed you can light the cardboard and it will burn with plenty of flame and heat to start just about anything on fire. It also gives off plenty of light. One BIG benefit to this (to me at least) is that if you arrange your fire pile correctly, you can pull it out with a stick and give it a real good blow and use it over and over if you are out for more than one night, instead of carrying multiple flares, etc.

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MarcSmith
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome idea!

Canyon, I love it. That is a great idea. Where in the world did you come up with that?

MS

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Canyon Runner
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Location: Soaking Wet, WA

PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marc,

To be honest I really don't remember anymore lol..Does memory failure set in at 37? I do remember using a larger version (tuna can) during some of my early boy scout hikes and it worked so well we almost burned down our little pup tent!

Not safe even for a taller tent as the bottom and sides of the can get smokin' hot as you can imagine, but a pretty cool trick. The best thing is that if you are going to be out for a week or something, it minimizes the weight and space in your pack from carrying multiple other items. I think I remember them being kind of hard to blow out too...but we did.

Jerry

P.S. I have a post regarding scent use (Mule Deer) that I would love to hear your opinion on if you getr around to it...

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MarcSmith
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool,

I go look for the Scent post.

MS

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