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#1329888 - 05/16/09 09:34 PM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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You can also use the steel wool with 2 "C" or "D" batteries. Put the batteries end to end (just like they came out of a flashlight) and stretch the steel wool from the + and - ends that are exposed. Does the same as a 9 volt.
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#1330043 - 05/17/09 07:14 AM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: Camp]
BlackBelt
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I teach a wilderness survival course (got a class tomorrow actually), and long ago abandoned the steel wool/battery concept. I quit teaching it because:
1)exactly no one, and I mean ZERO people carry steel wool out in the field.
2)it depends on a variable that's not visually detectable (the amount of charge in the battery), and is always in decline
3)those that are prepared for survival carry the appropriate firestarting items with them, or learn/know how to make a firebow or other primitive means. Knowledge is always with you, your battery and steel wool combination might not.

In theory, you could also carry an arc welder and a gas powered generator around in the woods with you to make fire... but the reality is that just as many people carry the arc welder and generator as carry steel wool \:\)


Edited by BlackBelt (05/17/09 07:14 AM)

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#1331514 - 05/18/09 12:12 PM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: BlackBelt]
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By firebow you mean a bowdrill?
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#1331832 - 05/18/09 03:06 PM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: CoastieHunter]
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Yes, firebow = bowdrill. Basically a device that looks similiar to a regular archery bow only smaller, and works with 3 other pieces of wood to make enough friction that it causes an ember, which goes down a little channel in the drill base into a small pile of tender...and hopefully catches the thing on fire! \:\)
It's primitive and will wear you out getting that ember, but it does work.

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#1338860 - 05/24/09 08:21 AM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: CoastieHunter]
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by far the cheapest and easiest fire starter is vasoline and cotton balls, simply put vasolibe on cotton balls, keep them in zip lock or other dry small container, a match, a flint starter, a bic lighter anything will work, the cotton balls will burn for 1 - 2 minutes depending on how much vasoline they have on them, either way they burn plenty long enough to get your fire going very quickly!
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#1347795 - 05/30/09 05:15 AM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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Awesome......I gotta try that one!....Never heard of it!
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#1374078 - 06/19/09 09:12 AM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: ]
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So... to those that swear by magnesium and a spark...

I'm watching Bizzare Foods with Andrew Zimmerman the other day.

He is doing an episode on food but he has to survive in woods on his own for 2 days. By that he has to make a fire.

2 Days prior to his departure he has a training session with world renowned outdoorsman/survival man "Hawk" (not sure of full name, but seen him on a few shows).
They get a birds nest and scrape off magnesium onto it... then for the next 1.5 they try and light it... NO GO!

If they would have had a battery and steel wool there is not skill to it. Put the two together and bada bing bada boom... instant fire!

To those that say... what if the battery is dead? Well if you know anything about survival a fire is to never be put out as long as you are at that individual camp site. You keep it going 24-7. So you only need 1 little charge out of that battery. If you are going out in the woods, pack a fresh battery and you'll never have to worry about it.
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#1374248 - 06/19/09 10:58 AM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: CoastieHunter]
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#1376512 - 06/21/09 01:21 PM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: CoastieHunter]
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I take the empty roll from toilet paper or paper towels, stuff them with the lint from my dryer, place under kindling and strike a match to it. In no time at all yo have a fire going. I must be cheap I don't have to buy a bettery. \:D
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#1376965 - 06/21/09 08:59 PM Re: Easiest firestarter and cheapest [Re: LadyinEscape]
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I make water proof matches by dipping them in Hot Wax.
I use cedar shavings for my Tender.
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