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  • Fire making tecniques

    Not sure if there was another post, looked, but didn't find anything. If so, please direct me there.

    This is regarding different ways to make a fire. Flint and steel, a standard Bic lighter, etc. Just wondering if people can come up with ingenuitive ways of making a fire.

    I thought about the spark from a 90,000 volt tazer, but without one, I can't say how well it would work.
    "Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions." "The things you own end up owning you"-Tyler Durden

  • #2
    lots of differant ways on youtube and here
    In my lumpy chair


    • #3
      I hope this work, found this on another forum

      Here are some home made fire starters. They are simple to make and work very well. There are similar commercial ones available, but if you would rather make your own…

      The materials I used were sawdust, dryer lint, wax, cardboard egg carton. You will also need a way to melt your wax. I prefer to use a double boiler method and a little camp stove. Some people like to use the microwave, but in order to maintain marital bliss I am relegated to my work shop.

      I use a large block of wax that I have, but if you save wax from your candles that works great. Do not heat the wax directly over your stove. The double boiler method will keep you from burning down your house, garage, work shop, etc.

      After you pour some wax in the molds stir it up a bit and then tamp it down. Note that on the open section of the carton I just poured wax on a large pile of saw dust.

      When you cut the egg carton to separate the fire starters, leave the cup in tact and leave an edge that can be used as a wick (makes lighting easier). For the larger block, just cut them to the size you want. Experiment with it so you will have an idea on how long they will burn. Depending on how tightly you pack them it will change the burn time.

      Here I have lit the edge of one of the egg cups and the corner of one of the pieces I cut from the block.

      At five minutes.

      At 15 minutes.

      At 25 minutes.

      The smaller piece went out shortly after this pic was taken. The larger piece went out at about 37 minutes. In damp conditions that should be long enough to get your fire going. Or you could use one to heat water if you were making a quick stop and wanted some coffee.
      Last edited by oly; 02-21-2009, 08:40 AM.
      In my lumpy chair


      • #4
        Heres the rest of the Pictures
        In my lumpy chair


        • #5
          Hey Visine,
          I've used many different methods over the years, sort of depends on the circumstances and what you have at hand. If you are asking what to put in your bug out bag ect, I keep a couple boxes of waterproof matches , available at walmart in the camping section, or if you want the do-it -yourself method you can make your own using "strike anywhere" kitchen matches and coat the tip plus the first inch with paraffin wax, that keeps the match head waterproof and also helps to get the fire burning. bic lighters are cheap and light , I also like windproof butane lighters (refillable) these guys are like a little blowtorch, you can even solder wires together with them. I also keep the steel striker type starters(sportsmans guide 3 for $15) in my bag also( waterproof) as matches get used up and lighter fuel runs out. Any of the above beat rubbing sticks together. I remember one camping trip years ago (car camping) when nobody had a match , lighter or any fire starter (great planning huh?) I took a piece of cloth and dampened it with gasoline ( just a touch) and ignited it by making a spark with jumper cables connected to the car battery. (use great care with gasoline!) . So sometimes you just have to use your imagination.


          • #6
            Cool beans, I have known the method, but it was good to get a physical picture of it Oly.
            I guess one could place a waxed piece of twine in it as well, or does it take off quick as soon as you put a match to it?
            "And with a collection of minds and talent, they survived"


            • #7
              Originally posted by pathfinder3081 View Post
              Cool beans, I have known the method, but it was good to get a physical picture of it Oly.
              I guess one could place a waxed piece of twine in it as well, or does it take off quick as soon as you put a match to it?
              I would say that it will burn slow like a candle, the more wax will slow it down and the type of twine used. try an experiment to get the burn rate you want.
              In my lumpy chair


              • #8
                how about the old boy scout way.......two sticks, if not that....use a bow made with a shoe string and make fire the old way......

                just my .02
                Go ahead and run, you'll only die tired


                • #9
                  I keep a pair of reading glasses in my bag. They can be used for reading, seeing splinters and etc with tweezers, and to start a fire (remember burning ants as a kid). Hope this helps.