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EDC Firestarting/Best Way to Start a Fire

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Dave568, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. oregonshooter

    oregonshooter Loaded Pockets

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    Re: EDC Firestarting?

    Here is a page describing the durability of a few systems mentioned on this thread.
    http://www.oldjimbo.com/survival/rob.html


    Anyone got a burn time for a cotton ball size bundle of dryer lint?
     
  2. tvodrd

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    I strongly-suspect that bellybutton lint will prove to be the most efficient carrier for some petrolium jelly when expressed in BTU/gram when sucessfully ignited!! I have started collecting mine. (;D :crackup: Not!)

    Larry
     
  3. webley445

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    Second on the lint questions. Have heard of it often but never tried, has anyone here done so? How long does it burn or take to get a fire started using it?
    there was also a thread I saw about using hand sanitizer as a fuel since it has alcohol in it, but you have to add it to something to act as a wick. I tried it at home, pouring some on a small piece of cloth and it did ignite.
     
  4. Lugsalot

    Lugsalot EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Re: EDC Firestarting?

    I used to carry a Zippo, then a no-name butane lighter, and now mostly disposable Bics (I lost my last one though). I'm looking into a dedicated survival-type firestarter for emergencies, but since I'm an urban-type I don't expect to need one ever.

    When I was a kid there was a tree in my yard that grew these fuzzy, wire-thin bush-like seed carriers. They looked like small tumbleweeds. I used to ball these up after they'd dried out and use them for tinder. Combined with a fresnel lens, this stuff made pretty good fires in my backyard fire-pit. The neighbors thought I was going to burn down the neighborhood though, and I always reeked of smoke. :p
    I wish I knew what that tree was called.

    I've read somewhere that a normal deodorant stick (not antiperspirant) can be pressed into service as emergency fire-starting fuel, due to alcohol content. Not everyone carries deodorant with them though (and never the ones that SHOULD, in my experience).
    If one is carrying a firearm, pulling a bullet from a cartridge will allow the use of the powder for starting a fire. Again, not terribly common a practice, but worth a mention, I think.

    You guys are dangerous; I've got a box of dryer-lint in my garage and now I want to set it on fire out of curiosity!  :D
     
  5. oregonshooter

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    webley445,

    I forgot about the "Purrell starters" I was going to try that also. It would double as part of the aide kit for cleaning wounds if it was all you had. You should have a good aide kit in the bag also though and since I carry the aide kit and fire kit in teh same bag, the Purrell would have to burn as good as petrojelly, which I doubt it does.
     
  6. Monstera13

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    Can anyone suggest a reliable turbo-flame lighter?  A friend bought one of these, a 'turboflame', but I wasn't too impressed when he had to click it about 4/5 times before it lit.

    I like the looks of the Iroda Turbo Lite that Herman30 has.  Does anyone know if it's reliable?

     
  7. Cliff Nieporte

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    Re: EDC Firestarting?

    I carry some of these along with me when I'm out in the woods:

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    Trioxane bar & Esbit tab just for variety , PJ cotton balls inside of the straws & a fero rod & striker.
    With these items I've not failed at a campfire yet.
    Thanks for reading.
       Cliff
     
  8. JimH

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    My fire starting EDC
    [img width=640 height=570]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/hodgesj/EDCF/CIMG0554.jpg[/img]

    Tunston carbide scraper blades for use as strikers - bought at Ace Hardware
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    Scraper blade with shrink wrap handle
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    Magnesium block after using it to make magnesium filings - easier done at home than in the field
    [img width=640 height=299]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/hodgesj/EDCF/CIMG0499.jpg[/img]

    Fire Steel with trimmed handle for easier EDC
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  9. knightrider

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    Dang! I just found out some bad news about my use of dryer lint. Here's an article about fire making that's pretty cool. But they don't recommend dryer lint anymore - toxic fumes from synthetic fibers aren't good to be blowing on with your face close to it.

    Firemaking
     
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    Re: EDC Firestarting?

    I like to save the lint from jeans and towels and such--100% cotton! Knew there was a reason why!
     
  11. smokelaw1

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    Hey JimH,

    Nice looking kit, there.
    I was wondering, how did you go about shaving down the handle of that flint? I have one, but would have to mess it up by experimenting when I could get the answer right here!

    Thanks!

    SL1
     
  12. JimH

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    smokelaw1,

    I used a bench grinder for heavy material removal then switched to a bench belt sander for shaping and smoothing. Final light sanding was done with a Dremel.
     
  13. Codeman

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    They don't work with strikers, but some Fritos and a butane lighter are hard to beat. IMO, Fritos are an EDC necessity in the outdoors. Don't laugh...it works. ;D
     
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    Ah yes, the universial Frito. It's not just for breakfast anymore! :)
     
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    Yea, I used this at a BBQ when we couldn't find the lighter fluid. A little pile of Fritos worked great to get the coals going on the Webber.
     
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    I carry a BSA hotspark on my keychain, I have several small fire kits for outdoor activities. I paint clear fingernail polish on the hotspark and other ferro rods to prevent corrosion.
     
  17. fishshooter

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    Anybody else carry K&M matchsafes ? A little larrge for me for EDC, but I always carry one with SA matches and cotton balls in it while in the woods. IMO, best matchsafe ever.
     
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    Seriously, Fritos? I'll have to try that.
     
  19. luigi

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    What about Doritos?


     
  20. beardy

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    I find a role of toilet paper to work really well. Seriously, just light the whole roll. All the lotions and potions that go into toilet paper these days burn with a green/blue flame that lasts long enough to get just about fire going. I suppose you can eat Fritos in an emergency. TP's ther use is strictly limited to a totally different kind of "emergency."