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post #21 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-04-2013, 05:00 PM
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Re: Fire starter...

Fell back on the one step in survival/one step in the modern world.
Went to the discount store and bought a box of wood matches, used at home with the natural gas and outdoor "survival" fires.
Bought some zip plastic baggies to use at home and fishing/survival. The fishing use will be to "bag" the wallet in the pants pocket, while wade fishing. The other is to keep the wood matches dry in the outdoor/emergency pack.
bought an inexpensive pack of lighters. The last old lighter still works after more than 2 years of non use.

To top it all off, I bought some DIY ammonia liquid. It's my "poor man's fertilizer" for some bushes and ever decreasing grass lawn. Real fertilizer was too expensive for as little as I used. Been using ammonia for fertilizer for more than a few years. When the grass starts to turn a little yellow, I'll get a bag of lime. In this long recession a lot of yards have gone to weeds.

Still thinking of getting a real fire flint, but may wait until my camping starts. Been away from it a few years. And just after noon, it was a dank cold rainy day in the south land. 36 degrees and rain doesn't make me very amenable to camping.

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post #22 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-05-2013, 11:05 AM
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Re: Fire starter...

Learned from building Chinese Lanterns of all things.

You know the heavy duty paper towels (blue) you can get at auto parts stores? 1 sheet of that impregnated with paraffin wax cut into 1" by 1" squares, each square will burn with a good sized flame for about 5 minutes. Just what is needed for getting a fire started.

Melt down paraffin wax (kind used in canning or cooking) by method of double boiler (pyrex bowl over small pot filled with about 1 cup of water, bottom of bowl should just touch the water). Meanwhile, take a cookie sheet, place aluminum foil on it. Lay one sheet of the heavy duty paper towel on the tin foil. Once paraffin wax is melted, pour wax over the paper towel, the paper towel will quickly soak up the melted wax. Pour wax until all of the paper towel is completely impregnated with the wax. Allow to cool, remove from tin foil (carefully) and cut into 1" squares. Store in ziplock bag.
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post #23 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-05-2013, 11:39 AM
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Re: Fire starter...

I second the fire steel along with cotton balls and vaseline . Film cannisters work well to store the cotton balls.

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post #24 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 09:31 PM
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Re: Fire starter...

A small can of Zippo Lighter fluid. When I need to put a match to it I want to see a flame!
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post #25 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 09:46 PM
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I use a ferro rod and tp or cotton balls to get a fire started. A small bit of duct tape if it's raining

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post #26 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-21-2013, 04:34 PM
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I like Road Flares. They burn long,wind does not bother them.
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post #27 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-21-2013, 08:44 PM
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Cotton balls smeared with Vaseline. Fill up a small 35mm canister with them.

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post #28 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-21-2013, 08:55 PM
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They can also be eating if you are desperate.
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We make fire starters out of cardboard egg cartons. We cut out the individual egg cups, fill them with dryer lint and then pour paraffin wax over them.
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post #30 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 09:50 PM
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All good ideas! I use the vasoline/cotton ball method.

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