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Old 05-25-2011, 10:41 PM   #21
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I take dryer lint, and roll it in a used dryer sheet. I tie both ends with some twine or hemp rope. I keep a bunch of these double bagged in ziplocs in my pack that I hike with, along with some matches, bic lighters, and a fire steel.

I also use these to start fires in my fireplace during the winter months.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:53 AM   #22
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Carry a few pieces of shredded tire rubber. Makes a great fire starter
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diesel fuel is a great idea, I use it all the time to start fires quickly. Don't worry about the bomb thing, diesel needs flame to ignite.
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Thought I'd throw some the Mountain man stuff in the mix.

Track of the Wolf - Strike-a-Light flint chards, & fire piston
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Always have three ways to start a fire.

Those big boxes of stick matches, bad idea-once the box gets wet
you've got a another useless item on your hands. Get a box of book matches
instead- spread them around-1 in a shirt pocket, 1 in pants, 1 in the tent,
1 in your pack,etc-then usually you'll have a pack of dry matches
somewhere when it rains.

White Birch Bark burns like it's dipped in gas, even when wet.

Candles keep the tinder going till the fire is lit.

Buy a firestarter log, cut off chunks, put the chunk in ziploc bags with
books of matches.

Flint & Magnesium are cheap and light, pack well, and last forever.

A Zippo or Bic Propane lighter can save you a world of grief.

Be sure to pack these items in different locations, so if one or two
get damaged or lost, you have the others to fall back on.
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All of these suggestion will work and yes, your diesel soaked rag ideal will also work. The military has been using diesel poured over plastic trash bags to start fires for decades.

This is how we disposed of solid waste during my stint on the Sinai Peninsula.

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My issue with diesel is there are a lot of alternatives which

are dry, simple to carry, and odor-free.

If your fun little diesel package leaks, it'll

ruin your trip.

(Of course, it is YOUR trip...)
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A little cardboard stuffed into a 12 ga hull with parafin poured over it will burn long enough to start most things on fire.
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IMO, fire building needs to be an "ace in the hole" situation.

A campsite with a cheery, hot fire can forego many forgotten

or broken items. A campsite without a decent fire is going to

play hob trying to compensate for a cornerstone element to

a successful trip.

One trick I've found works a world of good is to bring a splitting maul.

Many folks are unable to split large logs, and leave them behind.

If you can split the logs others have left behind, you not only have

fuel, but you also wind up with some dry tinder in the splitting

process...
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Yep, my BoB has at least 6 different types of fire starting tools from the obvious Bic disposable butane lighters, weatherproof matches, trioxane tabs and such all the way to one of my favorites, an old 35mm film cannister filleds with compressed cotton balls and a dab of vasoline. With a good spark they'll light anywhere even in damp conditions.
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