I have been thinking about trying to make fire by using primitive methods. I tried the firebow last night without success. I could get smoke, but no ember. Can anyone tell me which types of wood you have used that worked? What type of wood for the spindle and baseboard has worked for you? I am looking for something you would actually find in the woods or Pa.
From what I've seen the spindle needs to be a hardwood that gets a glazed or burnished tip on it from use. It's the base that needs to be softer and the wood fibers are not punky but starting to degrade. The friction from the tip will get it hot and will smolder if the wood fibers are shredding. having a V notch on the edge of the board at the drill hole is also needed for the dust/embers to fall out of the hole and collect in the tinder you place below it. Hard to describe all this but that's what I know.
most of the people that i have seen do this bring something along with them. its an intresting idea. I might have to give this a try... i imagine with a knife or hatchet you could whip up something fairly decent.
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Ha, excellent on getting a good supply of stuff to light and doing it quickly. But in zero freezing weather I'll opt for a lighter, matches and a magnesium fire starter, to start a fire.
If you get down to 18th century, 18th century can do. In freezing cold I will opt first for some newer technology, which I carry in my day pack. Especially with no one else around to watch you freeze.