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  1. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    This has to the best ferro rod review I have seen, and I just happen to be a contributor. The author of the article sent me an email and asked, "Kevin, would you take a few minutes and talk me about ferro rods?" Being the helpful person I am, my answer was something along the lines of "of...
  2. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    How many people use ferro rods? Either as their primary fire starter, or as a backup fire starter? Back around 1985 or so I bought one of those magnesium sticks with a built in ferro rod. I used it a few times to start fires, and it seemed like more trouble that it was worth. Never the less...
  3. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    After a lifetime of starting fires in the woods, I have 3 things that I feel are the top helpers so far as fire starting goes. Before I get into them, I want to talk about some definitions. Ignition: This is anything that produces the initial spark or ember. Think Ember from bowdrill, or...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Things needed: Pill bottle Matches Striker pad Alcohol prep pads
  5. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Here are a few fire starters my son and I made. This is not my own idea, I saw it somewhere, thought it was cool, tried it, and am passing it on....lol. They are pretty easy to make. Here is what you need: Cotton balls Dryer lint Petroleum jelly Straws Pliers Lighter Bobbie-pin Ziploc...
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    http://www.knivesshipfree.com/pages.php?CDpath=2&pID=41 Funny I've never heard of this on this site. But they look pretty handy if not a bit fiddly.
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I teach a group of 6-8th graders outdoor survival skills. My next big lesson is Firecraft.....I know fire in the hands of todays youth right? They are good kids or I would not do it. This is the only way I can twist my survival mentallity into their little minds and sub consciouly help them...
  8. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Just did an experiment tonight, took 5 cotton balls smothered them in vasoline and rolled them in heavy duty aluminum foil...about the same size as a trioxane tablet. i split it open and fuzzed up the cotton, and hit it with a flint...it burned high for 24 minutes...got some more testing to do...
  9. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I am dissapointed with flint striker "fire starters" **Updated with new test video** I bought a couple of Coghlan flint striker "fire starters" tonight, but after me and a buddy messed around for a good half-hour with a pile or dried leaves and torn apart paper, we were a hole bunch of FAIL...
  10. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Over my life time I,ve made fire using various methods. On this quest to make fire I have used matches,lighters,a magnifying glass,ferro rod,the bowdrill,the hand drill,the bamboo fire saw and have been successful in all these methods. I have one method I have not tried yet and that is the...
  11. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Here Im using my JoelD friction folder to strike a ferro rod,the tinder is birch bark,then I use the same folder but this time im striking a piece of flint down the spine of the knife to get sparks to land on my char cloth.
  12. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Lets post some fire building tips 1) Road Flares - In an emergency cold weather situation - nothing beats a road flare. When your fingers are numb and its difficult to grab a match, the road flare is large enough to get a good grip on. They take up a lot of room in your pack, and the fumes...
  13. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Char cloth is a very old form of tinder made from 100% cotton,basically you are making a form of charcoal with cotton. You can use anything that is 100% cotton from an old pair of jeans to and old T shirt. I used cotton wool which I find takes a spark from steel and flint very easily. So...
  14. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Hi all, just new to the forum and from the greatest country in the world...... Australia I have been playing with the bow and drill method for fire starting and have come up to making heaps of smoke during the drilling process but cant seem to achieve a hot coal to apply to my tinder...
  15. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    I have been trying to find the best deal on firestarters. I also want one of good quality. I have looked at Swedish Firesteels and the blast match Are there better ones out there? IS there a cheaper place to buy them?
  16. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Many of us now how to do this, but if you do not, here's a video that shows you how. http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-build-fire-dryer-lint-115010/
  17. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    I live in northern wisconsin, and there are plenty of spruce, birch, and pine varieties. I have always used birch bark to catch a spark from my steel, and then I usually smear my kindling with spruce/pine pitch to get it going quickly. I have only camped out in this kind of environment. Anyways...
  18. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    what are some not store bought ( burnin money) that ACTUALLY work lol all i have is split jute twine dryerlint char cloth
  19. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Hello, While I was at "****'s Sporting Goods." Looking at the camping isle, making searching for some cheap, useful things, I stumbeled apon a "Light My Fire", "Firesteel." I've heard good things on here about them, and saw them mentioned in "Backpacker" Magazine. My dad has never used one of...
  20. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Greetings all. Well, I got inspired to take a short little jaunt out into the woods today after reading some posts by a few of you on testing equipment. I woke up this morning and it was about 50 degrees and I was in a cloud. Where I am currently staying in Tennessee is on the southern-most...
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