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#185890 - 10/19/09 06:06 PM Re: Fire starters which one is the best? [Re: T_Co]
Yuccahead Offline

Registered: 07/24/08
Posts: 199
Loc: W. Texas
You can get a metal spark-lite here for just under $19 plus S/H:


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#185893 - 10/19/09 07:04 PM Re: Fire starters which one is the best? [Re: ironraven]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1917
Loc: Washington, DC
Originally Posted By: ironraven
Or Neosporin, which is white PJ with low order antibiotics.

That's useful information -- I always have Neosporin in my pack and car.


#185925 - 10/20/09 02:55 AM Re: Fire starters which one is the best? [Re: Yuccahead]
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
Along with the metal sparklites, you have this guy from TAD Gear. They are prone to being out, but if you need a metal sparklite-like item, between TAD and John McCann's site you should find one having them in stock at any one time

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#185955 - 10/20/09 02:39 PM Re: Fire starters which one is the best? [Re: ironraven]
Halcon Offline

Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 61
I really dislike VIC balls. I understand they work and burn well, but I despise having to need a separate container, because they're so messy. I also don't like the prep part of it, again, messy. For me, tinder-quik works better anyway and it works after having been submerged in water.

if nothing else was available, I would use VIC balls, I'm glad that's not the case, lol


#185991 - 10/20/09 11:45 PM Re: Fire starters which one is the best? [Re: Halcon]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1917
Loc: Washington, DC

I'm looking at the ingredient list for "Burt's Bees Hand Salve" and wondering if this could be an accelerant combined with cotton balls. It smells a bit like Vick's Vapor Rub. Will try it tomorrow.

Ingredients, in the order they are listed on the .30 oz tin

Sweet almond oil
olive oil
tocopheryl acetate
comfrey root extract
rosemary oil & leaf extract
lavandin oil & flower extract
eucalyptus oil

This is a handy little tin, about the circumference of a poker chip.

#186028 - 10/21/09 12:05 PM Re: Fire starters which one is the best? [Re: Mnt_Man]
litlefoot01 Offline

Registered: 10/18/09
Posts: 25
Loc: NY
At survival school thay gave me 2 macthes
to light a fire in wet soggy woods. learn
how to youse macthes and you wile find thare prety
reliable. try the REI storm macthes.

rember 9 11 2001

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