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The ever lasting search for Sure=Fire

Post by Jeff "LFB" Kindy on Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:30 pm

Post up your tips and tricks or whatever.
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Re: The ever lasting search for Sure=Fire

Post by Mathan Maloch on Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:38 pm

I know it is something that has been said but it is very important. Get all your prep done before getting started on the actual fire making.

Bow drill tips: Try to use the same material for the hearth and the spindle.

Dont forget that fat wood or some call it pitch wood is a good bearing block. The same reason resinous woods make it difficult to use as hearth and spindle make it a good bearing block.
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Post by ole scout on Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:00 pm

I'm really new to this.
In the past I've always had a throw away lighter close at hand and Jute twine in a pack when out trail riding .

I just tonight made up a fire starting kit that will probley become my new norm . I did alittle test with wax and without . I am very suprised at the diference the addition of wax made it not only gave a longer burn but also seemed to give a better flame with more constant heat . Even after it flamed out it left nice embers that I'm sure would be workable if need be .

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Post by Friartuck on Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:36 pm

I love the cotton balls and petroleum jelly. Birch bark is a personal favorite as well.

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Post by ole scout on Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:48 pm

Friartuck wrote:I love the cotton balls and petroleum jelly. Birch bark is a personal favorite as well.

Yea I'm going to try out the cotton ball deal ! I was going to today but it seems cotton balls aren't used in my house any more. Some new fangle cotton things instead Rolling Eyes (?).

Birtch bark will light off with a spark ?
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Post by Friartuck on Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:58 am

ole scout wrote:
Friartuck wrote:I love the cotton balls and petroleum jelly. Birch bark is a personal favorite as well.

Yea I'm going to try out the cotton ball deal ! I was going to today but it seems cotton balls aren't used in my house any more. Some new fangle cotton things instead Rolling Eyes (?).

Birtch bark will light off with a spark ?

You can't just spark birch bark without a little prep but once you get it going it rocks.

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Post by Jeff "LFB" Kindy on Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:09 pm

If you use your knife to fluff the bark it will catch a spark and flame up.

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Post by Friartuck on Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:18 pm

Jeff "LFB" Kindy wrote:If you use your knife to fluff the bark it will catch a spark and flame up.

That's the prep I meant. I generally scrape a little pile of the bark like a powder. I'll also leave some little curls of the outer bark part for the first level of tinder.

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Re: The ever lasting search for Sure=Fire

Post by Jeff "LFB" Kindy on Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:37 pm

Gotcha! I knew that you knew that I knew what you knew.
Just sayin' so others may know. We have a few newer folks on here now and the future, I was just clarifying for their sakes.


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Re: The ever lasting search for Sure=Fire

Post by ole scout on Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:32 am

Well I did try the cotton ball and jelly today. I've gotta say I'm impressed for some reason I didn't think it would be that easy and a good burn duration too. Ofcourse the word patroleum should be a clue Embarassed

I may put some more thought into my fire kit.

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