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Old 11-11-2012, 11:36 PM   #31
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Great to practice at home. In the wilds be very careful with your fire so you don't burn up your whole state!
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Yeah, blastmatch. Now, just out of curiosity; how long will a butane lighter last if left in the package, in a cool place and out of the light? Are they one of those items that will loose pressure and gas no matter what, over time?

'Cause, really, this is the way I'd go if given a choice. They're cost effective, convenient, and work well....
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I like to quarter up cotton balls then soak in vaseline, I keep them in an empty film cannister. When needed spread out as much a possible and sprinkle crunched up dead leaves, pine needles, etc. Yeah having all the tinder and fuel wood there at the ready definitely a good idea. Magnesium starters or the firesteels work great, and you don't have to worry about the fuel leaking/running out. Always wanted to try the bow technique.
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Butane lighters last for years in most cases. You could get a leaker so maybe buy 2.
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Dryer lint, char cloth, both are great spark catchers. No fire kit should be without them, and some strike anywhere matches!!
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Dryer lint, char cloth, both are great spark catchers. No fire kit should be without them, and some strike anywhere matches!!
If you just run your knife perpendicular to your leg on your pants you can create a fuzz that works great for fire starter, denim works the best.
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Here is the assignment.
With nothing more than the flint/magnesium and steel, go outside and find the tinder and fuel. Then start a fire.

In rainy Western Washington, we head under the cedars or firs and find dry tinder.
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Here is the assignment.
With nothing more than the flint/magnesium and steel, go outside and find the tinder and fuel. Then start a fire.

In rainy Western Washington, we head under the cedars or firs and find dry tinder.
This is what I've been practicing. Using lint you may as well be out there with a lighter, way too easy. I'm gonna start working my way off the magnesium. I wanna do it like the cave men Rahh!
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I watched a guy in California starting a fire without the bow, just using his hands to spin the stick. I was just thinking they have different kinds of wood in California then they do in Florida. Of course, on TV, you can cut to a commercial and get out the Bic.

Lighters are cheap, reliable, light and don't take up much room.
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Yeah, blastmatch. Now, just out of curiosity; how long will a butane lighter last if left in the package, in a cool place and out of the light? Are they one of those items that will loose pressure and gas no matter what, over time?

'Cause, really, this is the way I'd go if given a choice. They're cost effective, convenient, and work well....
I've picked up at-least 20-year old Bics and they were full and worked fine. The "flint" is more likely to disintegrate than anything. Buy replacement multi-pacs every generation or so. The Mini's are so cute and great for a belt pack. For BOB note they have quite a bit less fuel than the regular ones...
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