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#290741 - 09/28/18 05:01 PM Re: Giving paper matches another look [Re: dougwalkabout]
clearwater Offline
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Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
Originally Posted By: Montanero
Ferro rods require good tinder. If you can't make it from available materials then you must carry it.

Agreed. I have always packed a candle stub, though, so I thought "no chance" with a ferro rod. But YouTube claims it will work if you scrape off the wax and feather the wick. I need to try this.


It works well if you carry a candle with a pre charred (lit once) wick. Spread it apart a bit, then flake some of the rod into the wick. Then spark.

Doubt it would work well wet, but haven't tried it.

Vasaline smeared on cotton balls or cotton face wipes for makeup seem to work okay damp. Haven't tried them thoroughly soaked either.

In Scouts we had a SERE instructor teach us to rub a knife back and forth on clothes to create fuzz. Basically pocket fuzz. That worked to catch sparks.

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#290742 - 09/28/18 05:14 PM Re: Giving paper matches another look [Re: clearwater]
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Cotton cloth works well. Well and synthetics not so much.

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#290743 - 09/28/18 05:51 PM Re: Giving paper matches another look [Re: Montanero]
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I usually carry a bandanna (preferably red). I wonder how that would work, perhaps roughed up with a knife, and doused with some sort of accelerant (Vaseline or alcohol/purell)? Probably tear/cut off a small square so the rest would be available for other uses...

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#290744 - 09/29/18 12:24 AM Re: Giving paper matches another look [Re: clearwater]
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It is more the fuzz you scrape off and ignite. But worth a try!!!

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#290745 - 09/30/18 02:20 AM Re: Giving paper matches another look [Re: clearwater]
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Originally Posted By: clearwater
It works well if you carry a candle with a pre charred (lit once) wick. Spread it apart a bit, then flake some of the rod into the wick. Then spark.

Useful idea! That's what some YouTubers suggested also. I hadn't thought of a ferro rod as tinder as well as spark, but why the heck not?


Edited by dougwalkabout (09/30/18 02:20 AM)

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