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Flint and Steel or Quartzite and a File

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  • Flint and Steel or Quartzite and a File

    I guess you could say I like to practice fire making the hard way, but it only makes using more modern methods a breeze. I also think getting a child used to this method helps them understand how fire is created with basic step by step principles, from the creation of a spark to an ember and then a flame.

    In my area I can't find flint so I will often walk through the woods or along creek bottoms just seeing what I can find for rocks that will throw sparks with my steel.

    One of the best rocks in my area is quartzite which is one of the hardest forms of quartz.

    If you don't want to buy a steel just find an old file and some form of rock that will throw sparks as pictured.

    Another little device I like to use from way back when is a tinder tube. It is pictured with the flint and steel. It's VERY EASY to make! All you need is some sort of metal tube (I used brass), 100% cotton cord and your set. Simply run the cord through the tube and tie a knot in one end. Then char the unknoted end. To use, expose the charred end and ignite with a spark. When your done with it just pull into the tube to smother it out.

    Give it a try and have fun passing this on to our future woodsman and's been said "a kid in the woods is a kid off the streets" and that couldn't be more true!

  • #2
    kid in the woods thing....very true....:)

    nice pics....
    Live like you'll die tomorrow, learn like you'll live forever.


    • #3
      I havent found good spark producing rocks in my area. Thanks for the pictures.