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#243585 - 03/22/12 04:50 AM Re: Tinder that takes a spark: options? [Re: Mark_M]
Chisel Offline
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Mark, you may want to read this about weber cubes


http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=43957

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#243587 - 03/22/12 06:15 AM Re: Tinder that takes a spark: options? [Re: Mark_M]
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Originally Posted By: Mark_M
What is the advantage of using something other than PJ cotton balls? Is it burn time for dealing with wet tinder? I never have a problem getting one lit from a spark, and they burn well for around 5 minutes.


Cotton is very cheap and it works well. The Weber stuff does have a few things going for it. First, it seems to be utterly non-hygroscopic; you can soak it in water indefinitely with no ill effects. I don't think you can get enough PJ into cotton to duplicate this trick, and if you could it would probably very difficult to light. Weber also burns very hot; it seems to me hotter than a PJ cotton ball but I've not actually measured the temps (no IR thermometer). Weber cubes are also easier to light (depending on how you make your PJ cotton).

Another cool thing is that you can scrape off just a little if you don't need a whole cube. You can also put out a block that's burning and reuse it later. It's instantly cool to the touch, just like WetFire.
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#243599 - 03/22/12 07:19 PM Re: Tinder that takes a spark: options? [Re: Teslinhiker]
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Originally Posted By: Taurus
Birch bark catches a spark well if shaved into thin strips. Pine resin also works great. If you combine both you have natural tinder as good as it gets.


Originally Posted By: Teslinhiker
Pine resin and old man's beard are all great fire tinder materials and I always have good results with either.

I also use my firesteel as much as possible if only just for the practice just in case I ever need it in a real survival situation. This particular steel has had quite a bit of use over the years and is due to be replaced before this year's outdoor adventures are in full stride.



Ditto X 2? X 3? Doesn't matter. I agree!

I carry PJ cotton balls, at a minimum. They are extremely dependable but I like having options, especially natural ones, and those take practice. Besides, it's fun! wink
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#243615 - 03/22/12 10:21 PM Re: Tinder that takes a spark: options? [Re: haertig]
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Does Tinder Quik seem to have an indefinite shelf-life?
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#243622 - 03/23/12 12:29 AM Re: Tinder that takes a spark: options? [Re: ireckon]
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#243638 - 03/23/12 05:48 AM Re: Tinder that takes a spark: options? [Re: haertig]
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Yeah, seems to. At worst case, even if whatever-they-use was to "evaporate" off, it would still be woven cotton.
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