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#291908 - 03/13/19 01:43 AM To Build a Fire - Jack London
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To Build a Fire

DAY HAD DAWNED COLD AND GRAY WHEN the man turned aside from the main Yukon trail. He climbed the high earth-bank where a little-traveled trail led east through the pine forest. It was a high bank, and he paused to breathe at the top. He excused the act to himself by looking at his watch. It was nine o’clock in the morning. There was no sun or promise of sun, although there was not a cloud in the sky. It was a clear day. However, there seemed to be an indescribable darkness over the face of things. That was because the sun was absent from the sky. This fact did not worry the man. He was not alarmed by the lack of sun. It had been days since he had seen the sun.

https://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/to-build-a-fire.pdf



Edited by brandtb (03/13/19 01:46 AM)
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#291995 - 03/17/19 05:27 PM Re: To Build a Fire - Jack London [Re: brandtb]
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One of *THE* inspirations for my “bomb proof” fire making kit, which contains many options for tinder and ignition!
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#292034 - 03/23/19 10:56 AM Re: To Build a Fire - Jack London [Re: brandtb]
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Why do people include several sorts of tinder in their kits. Is there not one 'best' one? I notice the USMC survival kit has a magnesium block only.

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#292035 - 03/23/19 11:20 AM Re: To Build a Fire - Jack London [Re: brandtb]
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One would think that alco gel (like Fire Dragon) would suffice.

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#292036 - 03/23/19 11:49 AM Re: To Build a Fire - Jack London [Re: brandtb]
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If I have the option of only 1, it would be cotton balls and petroleum jelly. Others burn hotter, longer and some may be easy to get going, but cotton balls and petroleum jelly is the most reliable I have used.

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#292063 - 03/29/19 02:49 AM Re: To Build a Fire - Jack London [Re: brandtb]
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Remember reading that in school.

Also why I have a small road flare, among other things!

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