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#14772 - 05/03/03 11:56 PM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods

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.....)

#14773 - 05/04/03 01:03 AM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods
survivalperson Offline

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.

#14774 - 05/04/03 05:49 AM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods
M_a_x Offline
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Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 995
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.
If it isnīt broken, it doesnīt have enough features yet.

#14775 - 05/04/03 03:30 PM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods
Sajberjohan Offline

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.

#14776 - 05/04/03 10:43 PM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods
Rusty Offline

Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 204
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.
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Frankin

#14777 - 05/05/03 11:43 AM Re: Redundant Fire Starting Methods

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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