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I use the good old match and striker strip to start my fires in the woods. What do you guys prefer?
 

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I watched a video last night from "Hoods Woods" and it showed a new way to make firestarters.

One cardboard egg carton
100% cotton lint (from your dryer).
Animal tallow (lard).

Fill egg carton depressions with lint. Pour one tablespoon of melted tallow over each filled depression.

Each filled depression is considered one fire starter. I am sure you could use patrolium jelly instead of tallow. Store in a plastic zip lock bag. Use any heat source to start fire.

My favorite fire starter is a match, bar-b-que lighter or a bic. But I will be practicing with my stricker strip again this week.
 

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flint steel striker, dry cotton ball, and a vasoline soaked cotton ball .

the dry cotton ball will light after the first strike.
 

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Fire steel,Birch tree paper bark,cotton wool and vaseline,strips of rubber innertube if it raining and a lighter.I also take hexiburner blocks but have never needed them.
 

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I've been experimenting with different methods my favorite is gonna be the most convenient (lighter) but I have been practicing with 'from scratch' methods, of late...
 

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Ramona- try using Parrafin or candle wax instead of animal tallow. Animal tallow might get a little smelly after awhile. Filling up the egg carton depressions with sawdust works well too
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Mini cupcakepaper filled with sawdust and covered in parafin. Makes a nice flame for acouple minutes to get things going.

WHAT NO ONE HAS SAID FLAMETHROWER OR NAPALM YET COME ON YALL
 

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Fire steel onto any thing fluffy and dry, failing that some cotton wool.
 

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I use my Phaser.



Just kidding. I normally use a bic and some small twigs. But I've been experimenting with flints, charcloth, and a fire piston.
 

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One never has enough ways to start a fire. I have:

Lens
Per pot
Fire stick and magnesium
flint and charcloth
water-proof matches
A brass Zippo lighter
Two bics
battery and steel wool
bow and drill
Gunpowder (works great with the lens)
parabolic lighter
boat flares
Don't have a plunger...some day...

for fuel...hexiburner blocks, cotton in vaseline, dryer lint, alcohol, candles

Per pot is by far the most fun to play with, gunpowder and sun next. But usually I use a fire stick into vaselined cotton
 

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I have used egg cartons with lint covered in wax to waterproof it

I have also used the bow and rock or whatever you call it, I got smoke but no fire.

I have considered the flint or the piston type have any of you tried that
 

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One never has enough ways to start a fire. I have:

Lens
Per pot
Fire stick and magnesium
flint and charcloth
water-proof matches
A brass Zippo lighter
Two bics
battery and steel wool
bow and drill
Gunpowder (works great with the lens)
parabolic lighter
boat flares
Don't have a plunger...some day...

for fuel...hexiburner blocks, cotton in vaseline, dryer lint, alcohol, candles

Per pot is by far the most fun to play with, gunpowder and sun next. But usually I use a fire stick into vaselined cotton
ditto

I like alot of backups when it comes to fire. I have at least three ways at any given time in a pack
 

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ditto

I like alot of backups when it comes to fire. I have at least three ways at any given time in a pack
Exactly you should always carry at least 3 ways to make fire.
I carry 5 in my LBE ... cause all my fitre making kits are small.

main way is flint and steel with a cotton ball.

( i taught my 9yr old how to make fire this way ... she even has her own flint, steel and mag block just in case ) Its that easy to do!
Of course she understands she isnt allowed to make fire without a adult present. ;)
 

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it's important to note that it's generally a good idea to keep 2-3 fire making tools separate from each other. If you lose your fire kit, it does you no good if you have everything together.

That said, I keep two fire steels and two lighters. One of the fire steels is attached to my knife and the other is in my fire kit. I also keep a lighter on a lanyard tied to my belt loop.
 
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