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bizy 05-16-2011 07:51 PM

Fire building, what do you think?
I have an idea about building a fire when everything is damp. Suppose I take rag of sorts and put just a little diesel fuel on it. Not dripping wet but enough to make it lite fast when in contact with a fire or spark. Roll it up in a 1" X 4" long PVC pipe with caps on both ends. Dip both ends in candle wax so it will be sealed but can be easly be opened. Would it be easy to start a fire? You wouldn't need to use the whole thing, but just tear off enough to start a fire..

What do you think?

danf_fl 05-16-2011 08:08 PM

Why not take the document shredder pieces and put them in PVC. They will store a lot easier (weight and not a possible "bomb" waiting to go off)

Troy Michalik 05-16-2011 08:56 PM

Here's another idea:

Take a piece of cardboard about 2" wide by 24" long, roll it up as tight as you can and tie a piece of string (or wire) around it. Then take your candle wax and pour over the entire thing and let it soak in.

No worry about getting diesel everywhere, they'll light easily with a match, and they burn for about 30 minutes.

winds-of-change 05-16-2011 09:13 PM


Originally Posted by danf_fl (Post 505504)
Why not take the document shredder pieces and put them in PVC. They will store a lot easier (weight and not a possible "bomb" waiting to go off)

I agree. Sounds like an accident waiting to happen.

clr8ter 05-16-2011 09:27 PM

What is the point? You can always find something dry to light a fire.....for camping make some woodshaving & wax firestarters w/egg boxes, and put in ziploc bags.

user4 05-16-2011 09:54 PM

Ever eat Fritos? They make GREAT fire starters and hold a flame nicely.

Seven 05-16-2011 10:46 PM

Mecco firestarter squares burn when they're wet.
Your local mom n' pop hardware store should have them for about $3
for a box of 24 approx. 2" x 2" squares.

I cut them in half and store them in the little jewelry size zip baggies.

Diesel contains oil.
Personally I wouldn't feel comfortable starting a campfire with a diesel
soaked rag if there was a chance of a rainstorm blowing up.

Vikingdad 05-16-2011 11:43 PM

I use the little firestarter cubes and store them in a ziplock. I carry some in my go-bag, some in each vehicle, some in my hunting fanny pack and I also carry one of those magnesium/flint/steel fire starters. I have never had to use any of them in probably 20 years but they never go bad so that is no problem. In that 20 years I have had to start fires many times, just never had to resort to a "cheater" method like the cubes.

Actually I have used the magnesium/flint/steel tool to start fires but only because it is more reliable than a match that has been rattling around in my truck or go-bag for God knows how long. Ask me how I know! I don't smoke so I don't go through matches nor do I have a lighter.

You can make your own if you want, but why?

bkt 05-17-2011 12:10 AM

Potassium permanganate and glycerin will catch wet leaves and damp sticks on fire easily. Both are available online cheaply and both are legal to own - no hassles buying them.

c3shooter 05-17-2011 01:48 AM

Check your local milsurp store for ration heating tablets. Known as Trioxane, each bar (pale pruple/blue solid about size of small candy bar) is a solid fuel. Sort of like hard gasoline. On its own, will boil a canteen cup of water, 1/3 of a bar will heat a can of beanie weenies. Flame is barely visible, and HOT. I use them for never fail fire starters.

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