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#223070 - 05/06/11 06:36 PM Re: Spring fire-starting fling [Re: dweste]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
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Loc: Central California
Lining up some flint rock and some steel to make strikers as possible giveaways to those who want a set.

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#223085 - 05/07/11 12:35 AM Re: Spring fire-starting fling [Re: Blast]
speedemon Offline
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Originally Posted By: Blast
There's an old say, "If you want a bridge, call an engineer. If you DON'T want a bridge, call a chemist." whistle

-Blast, who really misses the good ol' days

Just had to add this quote:
"Chemists don't build bombs, chemists build fireworks. If you want a bomb, talk to a physicist"

(my high school physics teacher)

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#223087 - 05/07/11 12:54 AM Re: Spring fire-starting fling [Re: speedemon]
Blast Offline
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Originally Posted By: speedemon
Originally Posted By: Blast
There's an old say, "If you want a bridge, call an engineer. If you DON'T want a bridge, call a chemist." whistle

-Blast, who really misses the good ol' days

Just had to add this quote:
"Chemists don't build bombs, chemists build fireworks. If you want a bomb, talk to a physicist"

(my high school physics teacher)


Touche'
-Blast, who knows when he's beat. blush
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#223088 - 05/07/11 01:42 AM Re: Spring fire-starting fling [Re: dweste]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
When this thread was first posted, I thought Blast might think it a great idea for entertainment at his girls' birthday parties. Think of the party favors!

Sue

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#223095 - 05/07/11 02:23 AM Re: Spring fire-starting fling [Re: Blast]
Richlacal Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 778
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
I prefer the Tolulene principle myself,:)

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#223219 - 05/09/11 07:06 AM Re: Spring fire-starting fling [Re: Richlacal]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Cottonwood fluff is drifting around now. I will gather and dry some for tinder experiments.

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#223246 - 05/09/11 06:53 PM Re: Spring fire-starting fling [Re: dweste]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
I've tried cottonwood fluff (hard to collect much by chasing it!) and milkweed pod fluff. By itself, it burns in such a flash that it's ineffective as a firestarter. If you mixed a wad of it with petroleum jelly or something, it might work, but overall, it's just too much work -- there are usually easier answers.

Sue

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#223253 - 05/09/11 08:07 PM Re: Spring fire-starting fling [Re: Susan]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Originally Posted By: Susan
I've tried cottonwood fluff (hard to collect much by chasing it!) and milkweed pod fluff. By itself, it burns in such a flash that it's ineffective as a firestarter. If you mixed a wad of it with petroleum jelly or something, it might work, but overall, it's just too much work -- there are usually easier answers. Sue


That is my experience also, but the point for this event is to bring people together to have hands-on experiences of their own.

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#223263 - 05/09/11 08:53 PM Re: Spring fire-starting fling [Re: dweste]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7326
Loc: southern Cal
Probably the very best natural tinder I have ever used is the shredded bark of Utah Juniper ([/i]Juniperus osteosperma[i]. It lights easily, but in any quantity will sustain flame and easily ignite larger fuel. While common in central and northern Arizona, it unfortunately doesn't grow in California. But it is something to look for, if you ever hike in God's country.
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#223267 - 05/09/11 10:14 PM Re: Spring fire-starting fling [Re: hikermor]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Thanks for the tip!

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