Tinder Suggestions

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by Doc3402, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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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.
     
  2. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    Tampons make great tinder , and as a bonus they are already in a water proof package, and they have a small amount of cordage. Light, compact, waterproof.
     

  3. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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    And a nice, fresh scent.
     
  4. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    Lmao !!!
    Air freshener for the campsite.
     
  5. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Doritos and orange peals.
     
  6. NC1760

    NC1760 New Member

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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 ???
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV_77V155zU[/ame]
    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).
     
  7. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    I use lint from the dryer. You can also douse it in lighter fluid. Store in in the orange waterproof containers for matches.
     
  8. txpossum

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    Don't know much about tinder. Char cloth is supposed to light easily with a firesteel, you can find videos on the 'net about how to make it. I'm lazy -- I roll a section of newpaper up into sticks about 1 1/2" in diameter, soak them in parafin (trade name: Gulfwax) like they use to seal canning jars, then cut them into about 1" lengths. Light just fine with my a bic ligher or waterproof matches, both of which I carry in addition to a fire steel.
     
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  9. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Really? Never knew that.
     
  10. thdrduck

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    And cotton butcher string soaked in paraffin wax then cut into 2 inch pieces.
     
  11. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Should have read further before posting . . . see you already posted video on how to do char cloth.
     
  12. MisterMcCool

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  13. NC1760

    NC1760 New Member

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    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!
     
  14. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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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
     
  15. Brian1955

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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. ;)
     
  16. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    Never thought of that one, either. I was locked on to things found in nature and completely missed the man made stuff. Thanks.
     
  17. therewolf

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    Shredded White Birch bark.
     
  18. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    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.
     
  19. therewolf

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    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.
     
  20. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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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.