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Re: Fire lighting

Postby capella_ben » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:32 am

I found the needles were ok, just when you get the tinder to light. Sure they are smokey, but they provide a good flame that you can use to get your twigs going. You can then work your way up from there.

Next place I camp at will probably be different and I'll have to find some new tinder.

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Re: Fire lighting

Postby TBF » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:15 pm

Tease apart a cottonwool ball.
Then strike a flint alongside that.
Have plenty of very small kindling etc to take it further.

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Re: Fire lighting

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:10 pm

WHO takes cotton balls camping?????
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby xmasbaby67 » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:21 pm

I'm not going there!!!! :*** I will leave that to Titch & Rosco!! ;)

I take a BBQ lighter instead!!!! :*** :***
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby TBF » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:19 pm

gypsylady wrote:WHO takes cotton balls camping?????



I do in my First Aid Kit..
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby Titch » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:33 pm

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Re: Fire lighting

Postby Rosco532 » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:39 pm

And.....I've got bad hearing........lol
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby Titch » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:04 pm

From a Yank camping forum.


Heat things up with Vaseline
Posted in backpackers, equipment by JohnJohn on October 23, 2007

Rub a couple of cotton balls in Vaseline, then store them with some flint and steel. LifeHacker says this makes a great fire starter.

Popular Mechanics says that a cotton ball smeared with Vaseline or ChapStick is “a foolproof fire starter.” The Vaseline works as your fuel, and once you get the Vaseline-soaked cotton ball lit, the flame should continue to burn under pretty much any condition. The Popular Mechanics article is rather light on details, so I also found a post on the Survival and Equipment weblog detailing how to make single-use petroleum jelly candles using cotton balls, petroleum jelly, and aluminum foil. You will, of course, still need a flint or match to get the cotton ball started.

I think matches or a lighter is easier.
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:42 pm

Used teabags soaked in kero works extremely well too....not in a plastic container though........don't waste the 'balls'....
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby capella_ben » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:04 pm

My plan is not to do it the easy way, but to develop some skill using a flint and just the natural surroundings. I can always fall back on the good ol firelighters if I fail.

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Re: Fire lighting

Postby conmanturley » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:16 pm

A great thing for igniting with a flint is the fluff/lint from your tumble dryer at home.

If you want to give it a little more va va voom pop it into a sealable sandwich bag and drop in a couple of drops of a flammable liquid. It then soaks up the vapour from the liquid and hey presto instant home made kindling.

There are some really cool flint and striker combos out there like these;

http://www.myoutdoorstore.com.au/Light_ ... 63801.aspx

http://www.myoutdoorstore.com.au/Sparki ... 44426.aspx

Enjoy :-)
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Re: Fire lighting

Postby Woodsy » Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:38 pm

We use matches of the bbq lighter and some dry leaves etc from around the campsite, but we cant rely on there being anything worth burning at the campsite ,being wet etc so on future trips we are going to take our own wood.
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