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Old 07-14-2013, 08:16 AM   #41
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If you've ever used a wood router or a planer/jointer you can get probably a years worth of shavings in one board...lol. Feel free to sweep my garage anytime!

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I need a few suggestions for pre-packing tinder. I do have some requirements.

1. There can't be any possible way it could be mistaken for drugs of any kind.
2. It must remain viable after long storage periods in a car trunk.
3. It can't give off flammable or toxic fumes.
4. It must be easy to ignite with a fire steel.

That's about it. I plan to store it in a ZipLoc bag in my hurricane back pack if that makes any difference. It will not be near food or water. Thanks for your suggestions.
This should work for your 4 requirements.

Get a pack of those round 100% cotton disc's from the cosmetic section of the pharmacy .

Get a package of GULF canning wax from the canning supply section of WalMart

Melt Wax in crock pot or make a dble boiler.

Dip pads into melted wax.. Lay out on wax paper to dry.

Pack discs into small zip loc baggies or plastic Band-Aid container etc. etc. No mess storage and easy to identify.

They Make very good fire tender and burn for a long time. You can also pull the edges apart some to fray them a bit.

However if you going to carry "a Kit" in the trunk then throw in a couple of road flares. They are the best rapid fire starter there is. Even if your kindle material is somewhat wet.

Hans sanitizer and regular Tylenol PILLS are flammable and will work in a pinch. Tylenol require a direct flame to an edge but once it catches it give forth a pretty good flame.
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Wouldn't the heat of a car trunk melt those things into a mess?

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No, never had a problem with that...Even so if it did happen they would still be just as effective...

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The dry, fibrous inner bark of standing dead aspen works pretty well. As do dead pine needles.

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Save the lint from your clothes dryer.

You can pack a it of lint into a pill bottle or other small container.

It catches readily and can be used to start hotter or more durable flame materials.

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cotton balls and Vasoline. don't mix them until needed. Long hair works great, too. If a woman's with you and you can get her out in sunlight after a rain, just slice off a hunk. :-)

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what's far more practical, actually than carrying tinder is a small, 3-wick candle. Nuwick stopped offering them, and the Airwick variant is much too large and heavy for a BOB. So I just use their large candle to make 2 smaller ones. It comes with 6 wicks. With 3 wicks already charred, a magnifying glass or blast match ignites one of them very easily. It's then very easy to use a twig or hunk of string to move the flame to the other wicks. With the "teepee' of small fuzzsticks above/around the candle, you can have a serious flame in a very few minutes, even if all the wood was soaking wet.

Naturally, if it's windy or raining, you have to shelter the flame with your body, poncho, or some sort of shelter you have found/arranged. given only 1 flame burning at a time, this candle, if made in a cut-down soup can, will last 48 hours. So, even if you use all 3 wicks, it will light a great many fires, in very bad conditions. It will boil water in an aluminum canteen cup, too, if need be, but it does take several minutes to do so.

While this candle can be used in conjunction with your little mirror, as a light to see by, it's a low grade light, for sure. :-) Better to have a "shaker" AA light and a little key ring LED light, as well. Naturally, you only use the can candle or your fire-starter tool when you have to. Normally, I use the Big Lighter, or if the sun's shining, the magnifying glass.

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what's far more practical, actually than carrying tinder is a small, 3-wick candle. Nuwick stopped offering them, and the Airwick variant is much too large and heavy for a BOB. So I just use their large candle to make 2 smaller ones. It comes with 6 wicks. With 3 wicks already charred, a magnifying glass or blast match ignites one of them very easily. It's then very easy to use a twig or hunk of string to move the flame to the other wicks. With the "teepee' of small fuzzsticks above/around the candle, you can have a serious flame in a very few minutes, even if all the wood was soaking wet.

Naturally, if it's windy or raining, you have to shelter the flame with your body, poncho, or some sort of shelter you have found/arranged. given only 1 flame burning at a time, this candle, if made in a cut-down soup can, will last 48 hours. So, even if you use all 3 wicks, it will light a great many fires, in very bad conditions. It will boil water in an aluminum canteen cup, too, if need be, but it does take several minutes to do so.

While this candle can be used in conjunction with your little mirror, as a light to see by, it's a low grade light, for sure. :-) Better to have a "shaker" AA light and a little key ring LED light, as well. Naturally, you only use the can candle or your fire-starter tool when you have to. Normally, I use the Big Lighter, or if the sun's shining, the magnifying glass.

I use matches in a waterproof match box for dry wood, and road flares from Autozone for wet wood. A small LED flashlight, with a pair of spare batteries taped to it and I'm good to go.
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