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What do you carry in the field for fire starting
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 Posted: Mon Apr 14th, 2008 02:06 AM
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Drier lint impregnated with wax,magnesium fire starter,matches in a waterproof  plastic match box.In my winch equipped jeep scrambler  I carry a multitool,hydraulic jack, SVEA backpacking stove , fuel tea kettle & cups,space blanket,water,tools,poly rope,plastic tarp,knives,guns and ammo,small stuff bag with dried soups,candy,dried fruit,jerky,crackers,tt,paper towels,rags,gloves,backpak,extra clothes and boots.

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I tried dryer lint once during an experiment but it didn't want to hold together like a cotton ball.

Still, it worked.

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usually carry a knife and a lighter.how does some match light charcoal sound?



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That should work,a real fire starter we all used was coleman fuel but toss a match in from a distance or become one with the flame,lost my eyebrows a couple of times.



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that reminds me.back in 70 a few friends and i went to the woods at the local lake for a bonfire and beer.one friend had a 57 bug and carried a siphon hose stuck in the tank under the hood.he pulled the hose out and threw it on the ground while we were gathering wood.we had a good size pile and paused for a smoke.one of the guys noticed it was a bit muddy in front of the car.almost every drop of gas had been drained from a 10 gallon tank.not one to waste 5 bucks of gas we rolled the car back and moved the woodpile over it.the resulting flame flashed out in a 30 foot circle from the vapor making us all dance like a bunch of drunken indains around a fire before it subsided to an 8 foot dia 40 foot tall flame.that was the fastest lit bonfire i ever saw.i gained a new respect for volitle liquid that night!!



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When I was in the USAF from 1952 to 1956 I was in Petroleum Supply refueling aircraft,etc., we were instructed to be extra careful handling AV Gas 115/145,100/130 & 91/96 because a vaporized gallon was equal to 8 lbs of TNT.Those high tetra ethyl lead fuels really made cars run with gusto!



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I always carried a couple of 35 mm film cans or a snuff can packed full of steel wool (not with soap) to help start fires.  It lights easily and burns hot.  The only problem is it burns fast so you don't have much time to get tinder glowing.  I tried the petroleum jelly on cotton balls yesterday and like it much better.  Thanks for sharing ideas!



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My butt pack usually has about 5 different means of starting a fire in it, plus a couple of "space blankets" to keep warm and/or keep the rain off, and a few other non-fire essentials. Fire-starters include magnesium block/steel/flint, windproof matches, candles, stirike-anywhere kitchen matches, zippo or windproof butane lighter, some fire starting tinder (waxed sawdust/cotton or whatever it's made of), some dry cotton balls, and a film can full of rifle powder I emptied out of some corroded GI .30-06 ammo. Usually have at least one MRE chemical heater in there, too. Just add an ounce of water (urine will also work if that's all you have), and you have lots of heat for an hour or so.

I've cold-camped a lot, but NOTHING beats a fire - even a small one - when you're cold and wet. Came too close to hypothermia once - started a fire with magnesium shaivngs, pine needles and small dry branches at the base of a huge pine tree and huddled around it. It was small, plenty warm, easy to keep going, and it dried my clothes on my body in about 30 minutes. A hunting budy of mine and I did essentially the same thing in another location, using pine needles, cones and cow chips for fuel. That was a very hot fire and got us through a brief but heavy snowstorm that snuck up on us miles from camp.

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I carry knowledge on what is needed to start a fire. Of course  CozInCowtown
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From when I was a boy scout to being a soldier to living where I do now, you don't know what you will need to start a fire, so knowledge is the best thing to have.

Can you rub two sticks together and start a fire, I am not sure, but a lot people seem to think that will work. Maybe a bow make from a boot lace and do the boy scout thing or carry some 4 0 steel wool and a magnifying glass, or one of those older zippos with the separate fuel compartment.

I found that no matter where I am at, look for signs of people and you probably will find warmth and food. Just don't eat yellow snow and make sure your gun is loaded.

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Several years ago when Quartzsite,AZ had flea market vendors we found one with military surplus 1" diameter magnesium rods & bought them. 



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Sako06,

I like that idea, but magnesium in small pieces can be helpful, but a big piece could be a disaster. Make some filings from the bigger piece, then add some iron filings along with some aluminum filings and you will have a dandy fire start in a very small package.

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This is not too green friendly but effective. I put my used oil back in its containers and save it. If you need to start a fire with wet wood this will get it going and get rid of your excess oil.

 

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I hadn't thought about this thread in a while, but some steel wool, a pieces of steel and some flint would work in the field.

 

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Magnesium starter, bic lighters, and an old military aluminum match box with strike anywhere matches. For tinder I like shivers of "littard"(light wood-old pine). For tinder in the field nothing beats Cedar bark and pencil lead sized dead twigs. I have built many fires even in the rain using this combination. Nothing like a warm blaze on a cold rainy day to brighten the camps outlook. Not to mention a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. wc



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Waterproof, windproof matches in a plastic zip lock baggie and several of the commercial resin soaked "sawdust bars".  They light up easily even when wet and burn for several minutes.  I keep thinking about getting some of those novelty/joke type birthday candles which relight over and over after being blown out.  Seems like they could be especially handy in windy conditions..



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I have thought about it. I used to carry one of those zippo like lighters with a separate resevior for fuel that is controlled with a button. Now I just carry several Bic lighters.

Jerry



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I carry some 4-0 steel wool and a 9 volt battery. It works well with any kind of tinder in this part of the world.



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Vasoline-covered cotton balls, as well as a lighter. A military magnesium block with a striker. Lastly, a book of water-resistant matches from an MRE. Just like everything in life, it is good to have a back-up; this specifically applies to going into the great outdoors. All of these items fit nicely into my buttpack without much weight or taking up much space.

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In this months Field and Stream, they have a small section on fire starters for the outsoorsman.

Jerry



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Carry a wall mart special 10.00 its one of them things you scrape off about a quarter sized little pile from 1 side, and a flint rod on the other side gets er goin to 4,00 deg.    I tied a piece of leather on them, one is hanging from my knife case, another on my bugout kit. Waterproof, dirt proof, runover with a tractor proof.  of coarse i always got a zippo, but you never know do ya?



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