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#14772 - 05/03/03 11:56 PM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods
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Dryer lint that is effective is created by drying cotton clothing. - It is essentially high volume cotton fluff. If it is largely composed of other fibers it won't burn. Wool simply won't do anything, Synthetics will, at best, melt into a lump if you hold a match to it. (of course if you have a match.....)

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#14773 - 05/04/03 01:03 AM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods
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Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 85
The way I see it,
The only true redundancy is when you don't have to improvise anything from the environment. In which case, that means carrying your fuel on you. For redundancy I carry at least hexamine, trioxane, and thick peices of rubber. One piece of any of these materials will boil about a cup of water without elevation. For cold weather travel I am looking into carrying a can of Eco Fuel. Supposedly, one can will burn for ten hours.

As far as fire lighting, any number of methods will provide redundancy. Finding dry wood might pose a worse problem in some environments.

Starting a fire is always my last resort for keeping warm. I always travel with the means to provide myself adequate shelter.

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#14774 - 05/04/03 05:49 AM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods
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Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 867
Loc: Germany
Some cotton is treated to prevent it from shrinking or to facilitate dyeing. Lint from that cotton doesnīt burn too well sometimes. And even if it is effective initially , the soap residues may attract moisture rendering it useless over time.
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#14775 - 05/04/03 03:30 PM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods
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Registered: 05/04/03
Posts: 3
Loc: Sweden
I use a swedish firesteel and also have a small bic in my psk.

Mayadust i somethingh that works great whit the fire steel to get the fire starting.

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#14776 - 05/04/03 10:43 PM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods
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Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 203
Loc: College Station, Texas
Wow! I have this lubricant like WD-40 but better, it's called Balistol. Anyway, I sprayed this stuff on a cotton ball and it burned for about 2 minutes with a high flame. I packed an altoid can with cotton and balistol and now i have another thing to add to my "Redundant Fire starting Methods" list. I don't know if it is just as good as cotton w/ vasline but it seemed pretty good to me! The only problem is if I pack this stuff like i did in an altoid can and the can got hot, it might catch on fire! <img src="images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />

P.S. -Balistol was used by the Germans during WW2 as there primary oil for anything. It's VERY combustable.
Visit Balistol.com for more info.
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#14777 - 05/05/03 11:43 AM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods
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I usually have at least a regular Bic lighter in my pack and a mini-bic in my canteen pocket. Clipped to the inside of my pack is a magnisium block/sparker with a brass tube of cotton treated with vaseline. I also carry a candle stub and a waxed cardboard firestarter or two (egg carton dipped in wax). I also have a few matches on the sheath of my knife. Mac

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