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Firelighting Made Easy

 
Watch Ryder
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12/11/2012 12:27 AM
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Firelighting Made Easy
Just showing how you can very easily start a fire with cotton balls.



If you pre-prepare one with petroleum jelly flint and (magnesium) striker ignition is childsplay.
Trying to do this without petroleum jelly means it's more difficult to raise the flashpoint of the cotton wool ball.

Carrying a bag of these prepped cotton wool balls means you'll not have a nightmare of trying to start a fire with wet tinder, bark etc.

I cannot tell you how handy this is if there is rainfall, wet conditions etc.
I have bags of these all over my Catche's etc.

Last Edited by Watch Ryder on 12/11/2012 12:28 AM
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Re: Firelighting Made Easy
I'm a firm believer in taking some parafin and melting it into seasoned sawdust. Once it hardens, slice that into wafers. Then save these in an altoid tin or similar, and then in a pinch, they easily light. Yes, it's cheating. Wait until you try to start a fire when wet and cold.

In an emergency situation, say a collapse, you want to be able to start a fire FAST. Most likely a Dakota Hole fire to minimize anyone seeing it. Mucking around and trying to get something started at the end of the day when exhausted from hiking a long way, well that's nonsense. Even the Native Americans carried glowing embers in special kits to quickly start fires.
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Re: Firelighting Made Easy
I still say a baggie of lighters would be more effective than a baggie of petroleum-soaked cotton balls. You'd get a much higher number of fires started per bag.
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Re: Firelighting Made Easy
I still say a baggie of lighters would be more effective than a baggie of petroleum-soaked cotton balls. You'd get a much higher number of fires started per bag.
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You are correct under ordinary conditions. Try this, jump in a cold shower at 2am, walk outside in Winter, then try using a lighter to start a fire. I know my example seems extreme, but try it. 95% of people when wet and cold can't start a fire.

This is coming from someone who's done bushcraft since they were under ten and as old as a dinosaur. The time when you need to start a fire, is the time you use the fire-starter. You don't waste em on regular times.

Once I was out camping and enjoying some peace and quiet. Along comes a bunch of college guys along with their women. I could see them struggling but didn't want to butt in. After awhile they came over sheepishly asking for some of my fire to start their fire. I thought to myself, "Poor saps. How unmanly to be unable to start a fire in front of their dates and maybe wives." I volunteered to come over and grabbed a tin of my fire starter and had them a roaring fire in less than ten minutes. They thanked me, but didn't even bother to give me an adult beverage that they were partaking in.

Most people can't be bothered to learn how to do something that throughout history was considered a basic skill. Having made all manner of fires from all of the different methods you could imagine, I am at times incredulous. Good gosh, at eight I probably started all kinds of fires, but never did anything bad. I can still recall my mom being angry seeing me play with matches. What could be more normal?

Having been involved in youth ministry and ministry of all kinds, I can tell you that I can count on one hand the number of young people who could sucessfully start a fire. It only took one lesson and they could do it, but chances are they didn't bother with it much. That's too bad. There's few things in life as good as a good fire on an Autumn night under the stars and listening to a great tale and drinking a cold beer.

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