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Old 06-02-2013, 12:57 PM   #11
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...It's true. And maxi-pads make great compression bandages for a first aid kit. Packaged seperate and steril, and very absorbant... Plus the obvious reasons to have them if you're of the fairer sex or have them in tow.
BUT... back to the question at hand. A hank of sisal rope... some hand sanitizer.. even a piece of cotton cloth impregnated with vasiline make great tinder. Have you ever made charcloth ???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV_77V155zU
P.S. When in the woods in North Carolina and in need of fire starter.. I look for a paper birch tree or cat tails (if you can find them in your area).
Should have read further before posting . . . see you already posted video on how to do char cloth.
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Hi, Jack!

Look what I found.
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Should have read further before posting . . . see you already posted video on how to do char cloth.
That's okay buddy. You should try alternative fire starting. Once you start to master it.. your confidence goes through the roof!! You feel like you can tackle almost anything!
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The goal is to avoid flammable liquids in the trunk, so it looks like tampons are the way to go. They're easy to find, and I don't think even the newest rookie will mistake them for drugs. My daughter even has a couple stashed in my glove compartment. As far as the maxi-pads go, I have them in the first aid kit. They work great for slice and puncture wounds.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I really appreciate it
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X2 of dryer lint ~ it's amazingly flammable-esk. Except from pure cotton towels 'n the like. Lint from man made textiles will near start you spark tool afire.
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X2 of dryer lint ~ it's amazingly flammable-esk. Except from pure cotton towels 'n the like. Lint from man made textiles will near start you spark tool afire.
Never thought of that one, either. I was locked on to things found in nature and completely missed the man made stuff. Thanks.
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Shredded White Birch bark.
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Shredded White Birch bark.
We have that here? I've used pine needles and shredded pine bark before, but I hate pine at any stage if I'm going to cook on it.

My quest is for post-hurricane comfort. Once the storm has passed I plan to get away somewhere. I have two dogs that will not do shelter life well, so I need to get out ASAP. Considering everything will be soaked I wanted something I could put in the car that wasn't going to give off flammable fumes in any great quantity and wouldn't cause a LEO to take a second look.
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We have that here?
Nah. It's much more common up north.

Two things- try to forage recently killed

bushes or trees which have been out of

the ground about a week. Many times the

dried greens go up like a Christmas tree.

On another note, do you maul logs? If you

split your own wood, you find a lot of dry

kindling as you separate the splits. You just

have to shave it off with a knife or hand axe.

Have you tried the Estwing hand maul? Best 35$

I ever spent.
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I've had an Estwing for years, and I agree it's well worth every penny.

If the fire was for heat or signaling I've got some fat lighter to get something lit. It just gives food a nasty flavor. It's probably my imagination, but if I used it to light the fire I can taste it on the food, even if I wait a couple hours to cook. I think the smell gets in my nasal passages and stays there.
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