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Old 11-10-2012, 01:53 PM   #21
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I had my magnesium starter in my right hand, and with my left, turned the wall swtich on, and the fireplace started right up. What's the problem?
I knoww, this crazy thing happened to me too, I flicked my Bic, and fire! But that's not what I'm goin for.
You knew that tho
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I find this thread interesting. I can barely start a fire with dry sticks over dry hay and a box of strike anywhere matches.

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:59 PM   #24
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I like wiffle sticks, these work well no matter what method of ignition is used.
It seems like they may be called, Feather Sticks, Fuzz Sticks or most anything, but the idea is the same.

Take your larger, dry wood, and use your knife to reduce the size to a easily ignited shaving.
This is to be used in conjunction with small, but increasingly larger material.

I usually will get all material available before ignition. intial tinder, supplemental tinder, kindling and fuel wood.
This includes the Firebox (rocks or small logs shaped around the fire material.
You'll want to control the wind and air available to your fire.

I'm ok with magnesium starters, and of course, matches, lighters and such.
I'm not so sure about using the bow method.
I have heard that this method is taught, so you will never forget to pack matches

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I have heard that this method is taught, so you will never forget to pack matches
Agreed. I don't see any point in this method, unless you want to seriously test your patience. I have seen so many people struggle with it, and not end up with any fire. Harbor Freight sells the magnesium block fire starters for around $3. $50 should get you enough of them to literally last the rest of your life.
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Save the lint from your laundry dryer filter. Those little piles catch fire quick.
Somebody else mentioned this so I hung a plastic shopping bag up over my dryer and now have it filled up with lint from the filter. Friend came over and wanted to discard it. When I stopped her, she scoffed and said I was paranoid.


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Cedar trees are your best friend, well besides a lighter. Next time you are in the woods give a cedar tree a closer look. The bark strips off and you can strip that down very fine. Also as a cedar tree matures the lower limbs usually die and become very brittle. Snap one off and you will have a good fuel source of varying size wood. Also everything we got from this cedar is off the ground and probably very dry.

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Steel wool and a 9v battery. Battery turns steel wool red hot so don't keep in the same pocket!

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Cedar trees are your best friend,
+1. Around here, though, they aren't too common. I'd spend too much time trying to find one.

Oh, BTW, fire IS as easy as it looks. Go to LiveLeak.com, and look up "Redneck Bonfire" Dumbasses.
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Somebody else mentioned this so I hung a plastic shopping bag up over my dryer and now have it filled up with lint from the filter. Friend came over and wanted to discard it. When I stopped her, she scoffed and said I was paranoid.
Paranoid? Hell. Don't tell anyone but I've been quietly going into local hotels and laundromats and peeling the lint from the screens in the dryers before the staff can get to it for years. You say you can use it to start fires with though!?

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