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Old 08-31-2010, 04:37 PM   #31
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Next take a pair of needle nose pliers and put pleats around the top of one of the cans about half way down. This will allow the pleated can to fit inside of the non-pleated can.

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Add a hole to the top, and presto! Now you have a tin to make charcloth.

Hopefully I'll get to try it out today when I get home.

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Damn Troy… I’ll give you a job on my crew anytime.

Way to improvise.
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I just saw this thread this morning, so I'm late to class as usual.

But I was trying out a new fire steel I bought yesterday. I haven't done spark fires since the Boy Scouts. I picked up some dried grass and leaves from the yard and crumpled up for tinder, then used the Mora and flint to throw a spark into the tinder pile. Spark flared into ember, ember flashed into flame, and I thought wow that was easy. While patting myself on the back rather than adding fuel and oxygen the flame went poof...out. I spent the next half hour trying to get a spark into the tinder and lit again. Not happening.

I'll try again today to get a spark fire from my flint and knife. Then make some char-cloth. I think I want fire first. Making tinder on the stove seems to me like chicken before egg.

I'll do some rock banging too. I know the assingment was not about a fire steel but I want to make this thing work now that I have it.

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So I have an Altoids tin full of old 38S&W that I no longer have the pistol for. Dump it, clean it out and purify it to the Bush Gods.

No white T-Shirts, so I also go the cotton gun patch route, excellent idea.

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Now I'm cooking.....

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Almost there.....

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Way to go, guys! Great replies. I'm really happy to see people interested in this.

JD, great cooking. There's some serious amount of carbon in that cloth.

Amoroque, good call on the gun patches and congratulations on getting a flame!

Troy, well done mate, bushcraft is all about improvising and using what resources are available.

Jo, I'm probably going to dedicate some time to the firesteel as an emergency item. However, here's a tip that helped me get the hand of firesteels. First, make sure that you've got a somewhat sharp edge on the black of your blade to get good sparks. Get your tinder together and break it up, try to get everything broken up into smaller fibres (not dust!) this increases the surface and keeps little oxygen pockets. Instead of holding the firesteel still and striking down with the knife, hold the knife still and pull up the firesteel. That way you won't scatter your tinder (it's also safer because the sharp knife isn't moving), apply some pressure for better results. Will get to all of this in detail later.

I want to thank everybody who's taking the time to read all this and go through the activities. I'm enjoying writing these little articles and seeing people actually pay attention to them is quite rewarding.

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Way to go, guys! Great replies. I'm really happy to see people interested in this.

I want to thank everybody who's taking the time to read all this and go through the activities. I'm enjoying writing these little articles and seeing people actually pay attention to them is quite rewarding.
You are too modest!

This is EPIC!!
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You are too modest!

This is EPIC!!
I agree 100%!

This is fun, educational and it's kind of a challenge to put yourself out there and say "I did this, can you do better". Obviously I can say that being on the bottom rung and up for elimination... LOL

Francisco, this has come together great. Thanks for taking the time to organize this for us!

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