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Fire lighting

Postby capella_ben » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:57 pm

Don't know about you, but I'm a bit of a fire bug when camping. I love setting up the fire and pouring on more wood.

Been trying to light my fires with a flint rather than a match. Had some luck with certain tinder, but not been consistent.

Anyone got some tips on using a flint?

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Re: Fire lighting

Postby Pauly » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:56 am

You need to use stuff that will catch the sparks, extremly dry and light. Shaved paper bark works well.
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:44 pm

Pick up sticks and leaves about the campground to help start the fire.
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby Pauly » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:11 pm

Starting them with flint is a bit harder than with matches, twigs and leaves usually dont work GL you need stuff that ignites quickly.
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:00 pm

I must admit, I only ever use matches.
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby Pauly » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:06 pm

For normal fire lighting we use matches but we sometimes use flint for a challenge, especially when just sitting around the camp. You should try it sometime, for your first attemps try using paper then move to natural stuff you scrounge up.
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:47 am

Nah Paul, I'll stick to matches thanks......don't need any more challenges in my life....ha, ha.
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby stevo. » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:05 am

Pauly wrote:you need stuff that ignites quickly.


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Re: Fire lighting

Postby Poodle Jewel » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:14 am

Gas stove lighter works for moi.
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby xmasbaby67 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:48 am

I'm with you PJ!!!!

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Re: Fire lighting

Postby capella_ben » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:24 pm

Pauly wrote:For normal fire lighting we use matches but we sometimes use flint for a challenge, especially when just sitting around the camp. You should try it sometime, for your first attemps try using paper then move to natural stuff you scrounge up.


I have never had much luck with paper. We did use some white fluffy stuff from soem weeds we found. Also bullrushes can work OK.

It is a bit more of a challenge to use the flint. Practice makes perfect I suppose.

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Re: Fire lighting

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:49 am

Got my fires all sorted over the weekend with paper and kindling found around the campground. I must admit they were very welcome on the weekend.
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby xmasbaby67 » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:29 am

Had one great campfire on the weekend that went for two days straight ::()

Just started it the easy way with some leaves, kindling and bbq lighter.

Was just what the doctor ordered!! ::)
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby capella_ben » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:39 pm

On the last trip we had a lot of trouble getting the fire going with just the flint. We started with dry grass and pine needles ground up then some softy bark ground up, but we could not get spark to light.

Eventually I got some dry pine tree sap on the ground up bark and we got a bit of a flame. So we got some more and hey presto away it goes.

So dry pine sap works a treat!

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Re: Fire lighting

Postby Pauly » Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:10 pm

Pine needles are not good for fires, they just smoke but you know that now :o. Pine cones on the other hand are great fire starters, get your fire going then put your cones on, they burn quickly and easily. Good thinking with the pine sap.
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