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Old 05-02-2012, 12:02 PM
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woohoo.. there are tons of ways to make fire but i didn't see any threads that were tracking the different methods or cool ways to do it so i'll start. if you see something that isn't listed, please let me know and i'll update it. if you have a question on how something here is done or what it is, i can link some youtube vids next to the type to help.

kindling
primitive
  • tinder (dryer lint, spider webs, dry leaves, twigs, small pieces of wood)
    anything dry and small enough to easily catch on fire

  • fuzz stick
    dry stick of wood that you slice very thin shavings and curl them but not cut them off the wood. the super thin slices are easy to catch on fire like separate tinder, but its all on one stick and easier to manage.
  • fat woods
    Fatwood, also known as "fat lighter," "lighter wood", "rich lighter", "pine knot","heart pine" or "lighter'd" (sic), is derived from the heartwood of pine trees. This resin-impregnated heartwood becomes hard and rot-resistant. The stump (and tap root) left in the ground after a tree has fallen or has been cut is an excellent source of "fatwood". Other locations such as the joints where limbs intersect the trunk can also be harvested. Although most resinous pines can produce fatwood, in the southeastern United States the wood is commonly associated with longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), which historically was highly valued for its high pitch production.
modern
  • char cloth
    Char cloth (also called charpaper) is a swatch of fabric made from vegetable fiber (such as linen, cotton or jute) that has been converted via pyrolysis into a slow-burning fuel of very low ignition temperature. It is capable of being ignited by a single spark that can in turn be used to ignite a tinder bundle to start a fire. It is sometimes manufactured at home for use as the initial tinder when cooking or camping and historically usually provided the "tinder" component of a tinderbox.

    Charcloth ignites with even the smallest spark, and is therefore commonly used with a flint and steel.

  • cotton ball soaked in vaseline
    Use a cotton ball covered in petroleum jelly to make a great fire starter. Simply roll each cotton ball in the jelly until completely covered, then put it in a canister/ziplock bag.


  • accelerants (alcohol, gas, gun powder, etc)
    Simply pour on your accelerant over your kindling and ignite. Be careful of the fire combusting since the accelerant will burn extremely fast.
  • fuel canisters (prepacked fuel cans, trioxane, chaffing dish fuel/heat sources)


ignition techniques
primitve
modern
  • matches
  • lighters
  • strikers (magnesium, fire steel, etc)
  • magnifying glass
  • chocolate polished alum can
  • battery and conductor (9v + steel wool)
  • fire piston
  • road flares
fire pits
  • standard pyramid
  • dakota fire pit
  • long fire
  • swedish torch
  • upside down fire

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Old 05-02-2012, 12:19 PM
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Nice, i have been practicing some of these techniques. nice to see them listed out. I have some more i need to practice.
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Local kindling + trioxane = win

Most effective way I've ever seen to get the thing started, and you don't even need the whole bar. Not messy like vaseline, not bulky like fat wood.

http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_...ox%20of%203%29
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Local kindling + trioxane = win

Most effective way I've ever seen to get the thing started, and you don't even need the whole bar. Not messy like vaseline, not bulky like fat wood.

http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_...ox%20of%203%29
good one, prepacked fuel cans work great too. i'll add it.
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Instead of char cloth, pull the lint from your dryer. Keep it in a zip-loc bag with your flint. It makes fire starting easy.
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What, no road flare?
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This would be hard to find in the middle of nowhere but a battery and steel wool would work great. I have tried various ways to start a fire in the wilderness and man...its not that easy...
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It's a gun forum. You've gotta post this:

I've always thought it would be cool to own one and use it.
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Instead of char cloth, pull the lint from your dryer. Keep it in a zip-loc bag with your flint. It makes fire starting easy.
Two different things. Charcloth or "char rope" (I've used 100% cotton rope with a brass sleeve to snuff it out) is great for catching a spark. Dryer lint is better suited for use with a match or other source of flame. Dryer link balls covered in paraffin wax makes great "kindling".
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2x4's and board's with newspaper as kindling for when your other sources of fuel run out.

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hayaku, where you at? looking for a bush partner? im looking for someone/group willing to survive off craft for a week this summer.
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Two different things. Charcloth or "char rope" (I've used 100% cotton rope with a brass sleeve to snuff it out) is great for catching a spark. Dryer lint is better suited for use with a match or other source of flame. Dryer link balls covered in paraffin wax makes great "kindling".
lint, in sufficient supply will catch light from ferrosticks or friction embers,
even blue jeans lint
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Fine grade steel wool works well with a spark starter, even when it's a little damp outside. Dryer lint is great when the weather is dry, but not so good if the humidity is up. Depends how you store it. The kids and I practice all the time, especially when starting up the fire ring in the back yard.
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note any lip balm (aka chapstick) will have petroleum jelly. Marine Recon Major pointed out that haveing a bit of that around would make starting a fire a bit easier.
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Two different things. Charcloth or "char rope" (I've used 100% cotton rope with a brass sleeve to snuff it out) is great for catching a spark. Dryer lint is better suited for use with a match or other source of flame. Dryer link balls covered in paraffin wax makes great "kindling".
Dryer lint works well with my flint and steel. I no longer start fires in my fire pit with "modern" methods. Dryer lint has always gone well with the flint for me.

You can also use vaseline on some dryer lint to add to the dry lint once it is burning.
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I'm not sure if this is a joke, but how about some NAPALM ?
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The ferro rod vaseline soaked cotton balls are the best way. I have started a fire with them, unprotected in the rain. You do have to be quick though.

OP, nice esse3, I have an izzy2 and esse5. Have you ever checked out esses forum, jungletraining.com LOTS of good info there.
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Clothes dryer lint
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Road flare. Best yet.
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Steel wool and a magnifying glass on a sunny day. Stuff catches fire real quick and hot.
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