Old 07-19-2007, 22:12   #31
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One I used to start some small fires as improvised road flairs was, after building some crude tepees down the road, I got some steal wool, gas, and jumper cables, from the cars involved or that had stopped to help…. just put a hunk in the jaws of the positive and negative, hook the other end up to battery, small amount of gas on wool, rub together, poof fire, light first small tepee fire then light the rest of the sequence of small fires down the side of the road so you don’t get you’re A!@ ran over.

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Actually, you can blow yourself up in a nice fireball doing just as you stated.

I would just leave the emergency flashers on the vehicles flashing.

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Old 07-22-2007, 16:20   #32
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The hand sanitizer works awesome. Kinda like a Sterno stove.

I just bought a case of Bic lighters....
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Old 07-22-2007, 16:36   #33
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The hand sanitizer works awesome. Kinda like a Sterno stove.

I just bought a case of Bic lighters....
Same mechanism. Alcohol.

The lighters are great, except every time I travel, TSA gets one or two of the half dozen I carry.

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Old 07-22-2007, 16:49   #34
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The lighters are great, except every time I travel, TSA gets one or two of the half dozen I carry.

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LOL

Well it looks like TSA will be lifting the "lighter" ban on AC, starting 4Aug.

http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2..._lighters.html
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:39   #35
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Don't forget you batteries.

If you have batteries you can short with small pieces of wire and some fine kindling. Oh yeah, Also two files of glycerin type fast fire mixes. Also the SAS carry little fat candles and matches. light the candle and then use it to make a fire. Blitz
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:17   #36
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Lip balm with sun protection and a Bic lighter.

These two items fit easily into any pocket.

Lip balm can be used on other body parts as well.

Work the lip balm into any fabric, lint, cattail fluff, dry grass, sycamore seed...

Light and use as a fire starter. Signifigantly extends the life of the little Bic lighter.
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Old 04-07-2008, 01:40   #37
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I'm still in the process of refining my method. I like things that can be used for more then one purpose (to save space) and easily fit into a survival kit i.e. an alcohol swab and hand sanitizer used with a lighter. I don't like matches because I have had bad experiences up here in the wet weather with them, and a lighter will give you more uses.
If I can find a dry form of natural tinder I will always use that first, so i don't drain the resources from my survival kit. I have used feathered pine, and madrona/ birch bark with success.
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:51   #38
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Small, strike anywhere matches waterproofed with nail polish in a 35mm film canister.

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Old 04-07-2008, 09:00   #39
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I'm still in the process of refining my method. I like things that can be used for more then one purpose (to save space) and easily fit into a survival kit i.e. an alcohol swab and hand sanitizer used with a lighter. I don't like matches because I have had bad experiences up here in the wet weather with them, and a lighter will give you more uses.If I can find a dry form of natural tinder I will always use that first, so i don't drain the resources from my survival kit. I have used feathered pine, and madrona/ birch bark with success.
With the invention of the Bic lighter I would never again carry matches. Somewhere on here I told of carrying a Bic lighter for decades just for the purpose of fire lighting, never had it break or malfunction.

If I went into extreme cold weather, I'd carry two-three of them (mini's).

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I still carry BIC's....But.... I have had problems with them in the mountains, I mean High in the Mountains. AT 12,000 + the BIC's have a problem at times, especially when they are low. I still carry coated stick matches just in case. Nail polish is the way to go with them. If your not at high altitude BIC Is all you will need.
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Old 05-02-2008, 13:20   #41
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fire piston

Anyone ever use or heard of a fire piston?
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Old 05-02-2008, 14:11   #42
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I have found potato or corn chips work quite nicely as a source of post tinder. They are dripping in nice burnable oil. Nowadays I always 2-3 single serving bags (water proof container) into my ruck whenever I head out camping.

A magnifing glass will even start them up...


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Old 05-03-2008, 06:35   #43
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I tried this the other day after searching about this topic. Take a round from your firearm. Remove the bullet from the casing, and light the gunpowder. The gunpowder works great at getting the fire started.
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I tried this the other day after searching about this topic. Take a round from your firearm. Remove the bullet from the casing. Pour the gunpowder on the ground, then reinsert the empty casing with primer. Point the muzzle of your gun at the gunpowder on the ground and fire the weapon. It sets it ablaze.
The times I have tried this, the blast merely scattered the powder, and the flame propogation from a primer is not long enough to make it down the barrel and ignite the powder.

What calibers have you done this with, and what firearms?

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Old 05-03-2008, 09:19   #45
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I tried this the other day after searching about this topic. Take a round from your firearm. Remove the bullet from the casing. Pour the gunpowder on the ground, then reinsert the empty casing with primer. Point the muzzle of your gun at the gunpowder on the ground and fire the weapon. It sets it ablaze.
I think Survivorman tried this in one of his colder location episodes. Either that or Myth Busters. Anyway, whoever, went through a number of rounds.

Better to just dump the powder under your tinder and use your sparking device of choice to touch it off.

IIRC the Strike Anywhere Matches were done away with in the early 80s and the SAMs of today a a lot safer - IE they don't Strike Anywhere anymore.

Ah, the joys of having a burning chunk of sulfer under your thumbnail.
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