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#1301080 - 04/23/09 09:22 AM Easiest firestarter and cheapest
CoastieHunter
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1. 9v battery
2. steel wool


Learned this in boyscouts years ago. Since then I've used it millions of times and always carry it in my pack. Easily packed, and it's a cool thing to show people that don't believe.

How to do it (very simple):
Touch two prongs of battery to the steel wool.... thats it!
Easiest thing to do is gather dry kindling and wrap it around the steel wool. Bada bing bada boom... fire!
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#1301096 - 04/23/09 09:30 AM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: CoastieHunter]
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#1301528 - 04/23/09 02:25 PM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: booche']
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#1301589 - 04/23/09 03:02 PM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: CoastieHunter]
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there's another that might be as cheap. If you were in scouts you remember the hot spark flint and steel kits. I picked up a new one at the scout office in knoxville. It wasn't very much at all.
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#1301791 - 04/23/09 06:03 PM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: elauwit]
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#1302347 - 04/23/09 10:26 PM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: CoastieHunter]
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I've got to try this...
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#1302455 - 04/24/09 01:03 AM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: BMan]
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a bic lighter would be alot easier. wouldnt it be easier to carry a lighter than carry a battery and steel wool around for survival? and cheaper. batterys are expensive these days a good ole bic $1.50
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#1302520 - 04/24/09 06:29 AM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: buckdead]
7mm08
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You can break a bic, or the bic can break, one or the other.
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#1302608 - 04/24/09 07:43 AM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: 7mm08]
CoastieHunter
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Here's my thing. Hell yea I ALWAYS HAVE A LIGHTER. (smoker) BUT... for whatever reason it gets wet, runs out of fluid, breaks I don't wanna be screwed.
The battery/steel wool will always work until the battery is dead. But I've never had a dead battery.

Flint is nice but you have to sit there and strike it until you get a good spark on a good kindling. The steel wool/battery will send red hot electricity throughout the wires in the steel wool and be a guaranteed fire starter. It's never failed me. :fact
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#1302641 - 04/24/09 08:40 AM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: CoastieHunter]
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 Originally Posted By: CoastieHunter
Here's my thing. Hell yea I ALWAYS HAVE A LIGHTER. (smoker) BUT... for whatever reason it gets wet, runs out of fluid, breaks I don't wanna be screwed.
The battery/steel wool will always work until the battery is dead. But I've never had a dead battery.

Flint is nice but you have to sit there and strike it until you get a good spark on a good kindling. The steel wool/battery will send red hot electricity throughout the wires in the steel wool and be a guaranteed fire starter. It's never failed me. :fact




All good as long as you remember to keep a fresh battery with you.......................I have never had my flint or steel run out of juice, fluid...........works wet/dry. I also carry a Magnesium block & striker, also works wet/dry and burns very hot.

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