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Old 05-17-2011, 02:25 AM   #11
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if I'm hiking and going to camp that night I just take some wet stuff early in the morning and stuff it into any dry pocket i have and it's usually dry enough to start fires. The best way i've found is to take twine (like fiberous) soak it in candle wax and put it into a pill bottle. It burns for a while and will put out a big enough flame to help start fires easily.

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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.
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Boy Scout Fieldbook suggested that, only the rolled up cardboard was placed in an empty tuna can as an ersatz replacement for a sterno can. The empty tuna can would also help retain the wax as it cooled.
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cottonballs saturated in petrolium jelly wrapped in aluminum foil tear open the foil pulla small amount of the cotton through the tear light like a candle uyou can carry several in a pack very light weight and one will burn for several minutes.

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cottonballs saturated in petrolium jelly wrapped in aluminum foil tear open the foil pulla small amount of the cotton through the tear light like a candle uyou can carry several in a pack very light weight and one will burn for several minutes.
Yep, these are one of my favorites. Although i have been known to use a highway flare to start camp fires when there wasn't any small tender around to get going first and the larger wood was all wet after days of rain.
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Boy Scout Fieldbook suggested that, only the rolled up cardboard was placed in an empty tuna can as an ersatz replacement for a sterno can. The empty tuna can would also help retain the wax as it cooled.
ya no offense but when I was a scout I found the hand book to be pretty much useless on somethings such as fire making. The newer version actually has more useful info in it.
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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.
They have little 'stoves' made for them (they're shaped like this... [____] and you put the bar in the bottom and pot on top). When they're folded up (sides will fold in with bar in place) they're about the size of a Sucrets <sp> box.

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Flame is barely visible, and HOT. I use them for never fail fire starters.
If you lay a pop can on it's side over the flame where the pot should be, it will melt the can. Just sayin'
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ya no offense but when I was a scout I found the hand book to be pretty much useless on somethings such as fire making. The newer version actually has more useful info in it.
No offense taken, but are we talking about the handbook or the fieldbook?
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To much stuff to carry. all the little nice to have things, will fill up your Ruck,,

matches are good,, but have a few BIC lighters too,

start fires the old Boy scout way,, small tinder,, working up,, and you can still get a fire going,,, in texas the cedar trees,, are very flamable,, and they grow like weeds,

I'm sure you can find a plant like that,, if you look it up, someplace,, and you don't have to carry it.

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I have a box of wooden matches and some paper towles vacume sealed in a Food Saver bag, that I carry in my hunting pack. I always figured if I got wet or lost it would be enough to start a fire.

This year I'm going to make something like that, that can go in a Sucrets can, in my pocket. Some times I drop my pack off under a bush or something and come back to it, when I want to move quicker.

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I did 20Yrs in the Army, I always had the stuff in my pockets,
Bic lighters,, (I don't smoke), 550 cord, gerbertool, a small maglight, a pen and notebook.

In my ruck, I had 2each Ponchoes, with 12 feet of 550 cord on every eyelet. yes that is alot of rope! when the rain comes,, houchman,, !!!

a poncho liner, (the whooobie) a change of cloths, socks,, that stuff in a dry bag, , wet weather gear, top and pants! don't forget the paints! canteen,, a canteen cup,


I got stuck, in a bunch of places, having that stuff, at the very least,, is a good idea,

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