Alternate fire starter?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by i8asquirrel, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. i8asquirrel

    i8asquirrel
    Keizer, oregon
    Member

    Messages:
    232
    Likes Received:
    18
    I have been thinking that a person should try and carry a couple different types of fire starter. Matches are great but if a person can get fire with a ferro rod , or fire piston the last much longer....**** if the weather in Oregon lets you I have been using a Magnafing glass as practice. My thought is that by using other methods your are not burning you consumables.
     
  2. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival
    Vancouver
    Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,088
    Likes Received:
    54
    I carry a mag starter have for years. Works wet or dry, I also carry a tin of those gel blocks for additional help. Had one occasion to use it on a canoe trip from ****. I never get more than 100 feet from my truck when up in the woods without my pack.
     
  3. RVTECH

    RVTECH
    LaPine
    Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,701
    Likes Received:
    4,398
    A friend of mine carries the 'Firestick' - the one I believe is endorsed by Bear Grylls. I have watched him get a fire going in minutes with it. Always a good idea though to carry one 15 minute fuzee, shrinkwraped and protected to use in an extreme emergency. I always had one duct taped to a backpack rail when I used to backpack heavily but never had to use it - came close though once in a snowstorm.
     
  4. Kevatc

    Kevatc
    Oregon
    Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,746
    Likes Received:
    671
    Just the other day I dinked around with a cotton ball with a bit of vaseline and a old magnesium bar with the striker part. It took about 6-7 strokes with the striker part and "ta da" cotton ball burned for about 3 minutes.
     
  5. JGRuby

    JGRuby
    Portland Oregon
    New Member

    Messages:
    1,125
    Likes Received:
    393
    I carry a stick with a flint and a steel on it , a quart size bag of shredded magnesium and two road flares in my pack - I feel pretty good about this combination. Never really needed them but feel I can generate enough heat to almost get anything burning.

    James Ruby
     
  6. i8asquirrel

    i8asquirrel
    Keizer, oregon
    Member

    Messages:
    232
    Likes Received:
    18
    yep I have used cotton balls dipped into wax & ferro rod striker with good luck. Heck i used to use the toilet paper oil filters on a piece of farm gear and they would burn like crazy but I dont want to carry the weight. even flares get to be to much for one use....Onces=pounds and pounds = pain.. I am alway looking for smaller and lighter ways to go. Better yet ones that last along time.
     
  7. ernurse

    ernurse
    molalla oregon
    Active Member

    Messages:
    288
    Likes Received:
    159
    cotton balls saturated with vaseline and a magnesium and flint starter for the win. I put them in a altoid can and the vac seal them, have used five year old ones this year with no problems. I also put some strike anywhere matches in there with them in an old small pill bottle.
     
  8. John Gault

    John Gault
    clackamas county
    Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    1,032
    Likes Received:
    661
    Lint from the dryer in an altoid tin and a titanium striker/flint, A votiv candle, Commerical product called "firestarter", waterproof matches. The list goes on.
     
  9. mccullogh

    mccullogh
    NW Oregon
    Member

    Messages:
    51
    Likes Received:
    13
    put a trick birthday candle in your match container. they work pretty well in windy conditions. you can't go wrong with some form of magnesium fire starter as well.
     
  10. skydiver

    skydiver
    Sandy,OR
    Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    645
    Likes Received:
    410
    For larger fires:
    I gather old candles and gently melt in a cheap Goodwill pot.
    I use paper cupcake forms filled with sawdust or dryer lint.
    Pour the melted wax onto them and let cool.

    For smaller fires:
    Cut cardboard into 1/2" wide x 3" long strips. Be very careful cutting with a box cutter!
    Soak the strips in the melted wax and let cool.

    Try using a Blast-Match or similar item. It can be done with one hand if injured. It combines "flint/ferro" rod with a striker.
     
  11. Wood Worker

    Wood Worker
    Linn County Oregon
    Active Member

    Messages:
    210
    Likes Received:
    52
    I still take trioxane fuel bars, flint and my Kbar knife with me on trips.
     
  12. geometro

    geometro
    PDX
    Active Member

    Messages:
    133
    Likes Received:
    26
    +1 for magnesium match and knife. Lint from the dryer is free and works remarkably well.
     
  13. wwkii

    wwkii
    gilchrist oregon
    Active Member

    Messages:
    292
    Likes Received:
    48
    im really surprised know one has said a bic lighter they are light if they get wet you can still dry them out. that being said i always carry a magnezium flint fire starter with dryer lint in sealled containers but still bring a lighter .. i really never bring matches since if they get wet they are useless. even water proof matches over the years will deterorate
     
  14. deadeye

    deadeye
    Albany,OR.
    Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,208
    Likes Received:
    2,341
  15. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel
    PDX
    Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,396
    Likes Received:
    174
    Ferro rod + 35mm film canister containing a Vaseline soaked cotton ball or three. Mag starters are difficult to use in a high wind for me so I opt out of that type.
     
  16. deadeye

    deadeye
    Albany,OR.
    Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,208
    Likes Received:
    2,341

Share This Page