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Fast chemical fire starter

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by 1337BaldEagle, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. 1337BaldEagle

    1337BaldEagle Earth Active Member

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  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Dang.. that stuff is better than packing around a road flare in your back pocket. lol
     
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  3. 1337BaldEagle

    1337BaldEagle Earth Active Member

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    It is, there is a host of other things you can do with it to purifying water to treating your skin with an antiseptic.


    Eagle
     
  4. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    There are tons of hypergolic reactions between oxidizers and organic compounds... calcium hypochlorite and butyl alcohol (brake fluid) is another well known one.
     
  5. idahoan

    idahoan Boise, Idaho Active Member

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    yes KMNO4 is very useful but you have to know its limitations. For example, if your mixture is below 50F it will not light off AT ALL. This applies to water+sugar+KMNO4, KMNO4+Glycerin, KMNO4+ethylene Glycol (antifreeze). Whatever your going to use as a reactant make sure to keep it warm.

    Its a good Idea when starting a fire with it to not cook anything on the fire (just use it to light tinder/wood then move the fire) or breathe in the gasses from the reaction.
     
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    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    Anyone ever watch that survival show "Dude you're screwed"? in one episode a guy used the "flower life extender" powder that comes with a bouquet of flowers and a few drops of automotive anti-freeze to start a fire the same way. I don't recall what the flower food ingredient was that reacted with the antifreeze but it worked.
     
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    1337BaldEagle Earth Active Member

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    Im not to worried about it being below 50. you put it under your arms or between your legs you should be able to warm it to over that. will test this winter
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    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    So, how well does that work with damp earth or whatnot? Will moisture ruin the powder?

    I think I'll stay with a magnesium stick and piece of flint for now.

    I did see a friend light a fire the other week with a gel that was marketed as a charcoal lighter.

    The stuff was basically napalm in a bottle. I am going to pick up a bottle, as it was very stable stuff and will light even after squirting it onto green wood.
     
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    idahoan Boise, Idaho Active Member

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    Yeah, the below 50F isn't really that big of a deal as long as you know about it. I also like the crystal form better than the powder, I think it is a little easier to use.

    dampness has no effect on it, you can even light it off with sugar and water.
     
  10. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Some years ago I bought a few gross of the trioxane fuel tabs that cheaper than dirt (back when they were cheap) was blowing out for like $20. I usually keep some of those in my pack. They light easily with a spark from a mag fire starter, and burn long/hot enough to even start wet wood.
     
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    idahoan Boise, Idaho Active Member

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    Yep naphthalene cubes work pretty awesome, I have only been able to find the cubes lately, I used to have a tube of it that was wrapped in oiled paper/foil and you carved a bit off for each fire.
     
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    Quacky88 Oregon Active Member

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  13. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Is calcium hypochlorite the same as crystal chlorine for your pool? If it is, I have heard of this trick 25 years ago. You can even make a device with a timer using styrofoam cups, the more you stack, the longer your fuse. The brake fluid eats through the cups and then comes in contact with the chlorine and starts a chemical fire.
     
  14. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Same stuff, I'm sure that makes one hell of a mess.
     
  15. 7SFCW4

    7SFCW4 Out and About, Oregon Active Member

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    Now, just saying, this could be a value add?