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Best firestarter

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by richinva, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. richinva

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    Looking at the Army LMF, thought it would be a good place to start, so to speak, along with some Vaselined cotton balls and yogurt tops.....

    Any thoughts?
     
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    That new glass building in London seems to have it figured out.

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    Yogurt tops?

    I like those store-bought waxy fire starter blocks. I usually break them into much smaller pieces - a two inch chunk is plenty. Lights with a match or lighter. Burns hot and long. Of course, some of this depends on what you're trying to light. What kind of fire? What conditions?
     
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    My propane plumbing torch.
     
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  9. richinva

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    Is this for a fireplace, camp fire, survival kit?

    For a fireplace, matches, newspaper to loosely ball up and a box of Georgia Fatwood to split into tinder to get your kindling cranking is about as good as it gets.

    For the camp fire, some of that Fatwood would be nice to have along.

    If not or in a survival situation, I use a combination magnesium block with a flint rod glued into it.

    I have seen it called many things... "Strike Master Military", Magnesium Fire Starter, etc.

    You shave off some little chips of the magnesium block with a knife and ingite them with the flint.

    This little pile should be formed right next to a small tinder pile so the instant the magnesium flashes, you roll the tinder over it and build up your tinder pile to get your kindling started.

    I love this thing!

    It was $7 or $8 bucks and has warmed my bones streamside once when I really needed it.

    One thing I can't say in NYC since it's illegal:rolleyes:is to always carry a knife.

    You can survive almost anywhere with a good knife and a way to build a fire.
     
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    I'm a cheapskate, so I tend to go with the freebies.

    Tuna can, strip of corrugated cardboard wrapped in a spiral, some string wicks tucked in the corrugation, fill with wax.

    Sawdust (or shredded paper, dryer fluff, old cotton rags/socks/underwear/whatever) in a paper egg carton, fill with wax.

    Dunk strike-anywhere matches in wax to waterproof them.
     
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    old bicycle tubes cut into one inch squares.
     
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    never tried it but they showed on the news down that if you take the lint from your clothes dryer trap.That screen that traps the lint.Ball it up you can use it to start a fire in your fireplace They did a demo. It worked.
     
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    Dryer lint.

    Or Doritos...didn't believe it, but I tried it last weekend. Food, or firestarter!
     
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    The best emergency fire starter is the Zippo windproof lighter. Small, safe, reliable, nearly indestructible, and can be operated with one hand.
     
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    Potato chips work too. When I go backpacking ill either pack 8 or 10 ready lite charcoal briquettes or you can mix dryer lint with melted paraffin wax and pour it in empty paper egg cartons, cut it into 12 little fire starters, and pack in those. Works great.
     
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    pine cones make great kindling
     
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    Steel wool and something to spark it with.
     
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    I have loads of Pines, I do not burn them but this time of year I save the cones for starting, they also can damage your vehicles as well.
     
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