Post by determinator on Jun 14, 2013 19:18:30 GMT -5
Today I was playing around with the old-time way of starting a fire...with flint and steel. A few years ago, I got into that, and have a few decent pieces of hand-crafted steel strikers, and a piece of flint. I could get some sparks, and start a piece of char-cloth, to create a fire.
There is a better way to achieve the same effect, I found, aside from pulling out a Bic lighter. The modern fire steels throw off tons of 4000 degree sparks, and work great. I got one a year or so ago, from here...http://firesteel.com/gobspark-firesteels/
I use it all the time on my charcoal grill, and it does the job well. I tried it today on some char-cloth, which is 1" squares of cut up T-shirt that you bake in the oven until they turn black, in a tiny metal box. That is used for a starter. What I found to work as good if not better, is the lint from a clothes dryer. Catches the spark real quick.
Post by Jack of all Trapping on Jun 16, 2013 20:38:11 GMT -5
I carry both when I head out on hikes. I have used them too many times to count. I always carry matches in a small waterproof container, but these are added insurance. Plus its fun getting a fire going this way. ;D
"WHERE THE DEER LEAP AND THE PANTHER CREEPS, WHERE THE TROUT LEAPS HIGH AT THE HOVERING FLY, AND THE EAGLE'S CRY BODES A TEMPEST NIGH, THIS IS MY HOME IN THE MOUNTAINS ALONE."
Post by determinator on Jun 21, 2013 17:41:25 GMT -5
Playing with fire again today, I hope that I don't wet my bed! It gets old after a while...
I played around with a piece of flint and steel striker. It's pretty haphazard, though. Not a whole lot of sparks, and no counting on where they will go. It must have a steep learning curve.
What worked really good was this...http://firesteel.com/gobspark-firesteels/ I got some sparks to catch the best on clothes- dryer lint. A couple little pieces of dry cedar twigs on top of that got a really good flame goin'. The burnt T-shirt squares worked good, too, but the best was the lint. ;D
Use a old toilet paper roll core a paper from you paper shredder and old trap wax. Stuff the paper in the roll melt the wax and dip the roll in the wax let dry. They ignite even with the fire starters.
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