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What do you carry in the field for fire starting
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 Posted: Fri Jan 5th, 2007 09:24 AM
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Just out of curiosity what do you folks carry in your pockets or kits to start a fire with? 

   I'm not talking about the coleman fuel etc. just what is in your pocket or small fanny pack.   I carry a couple of different things depending on what and where I'll be, but, the four standards that stay pretty much with me are a Trioxaine bar, cotton balls with vasoline, a bic lighter and a strike force fire starter. 

  They are all small enough to fit into a fanny pack or pocket on my hunting vest. But most of all between the four if I can't get a fire started then I'm in real deep crap.

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Usually I just carry a bic lighter on me.It doesn`t get as cold down here as it does for some of you northern fellas.:thumbs:



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The magnesium fire starters are good along with a 35mm film canister of cotton balls with vaseline ala mode.  Works great and burns quite some time.  These are the bare minimums but I usually pack along a cigarette lighter too. 

On a survival note, a piece of candle is probably one of the best things to pack to start fires.  The wax can be used to waterproof remaining matches and it conserves the number of matches you need to carry.  Simply use one match to light the candle and the candle can be used to light stubborn tinder that you'd otherwise use a box of matches to ignite.



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Carry a few small squares of small inner tube/ matches, and lighter . You can light just about anything with it . I always carry two means of lighting, like matches and lighter, or two lighters. I always have  a flare in the saddleabag



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magnesium fire starter, waterproof matches , and butane lighter.



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Zippo and a bottle of lighter fluid.

Small and compact bottle, has a tiny squirt hole so less chance of wasteing it, and more than enough to get a fire going.

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Dang , there she is again ! I carry a couple butane lighters,a small bottle of water proof matches and some fire starting tablets. they are about the size of a huge asperin. Used to carry a film canister with some fire starter gel in it but it got messy. Another thing I thought of but never used are the firestarter squares. They are compressed sawdust soaked in kerosene or something. I use them all the time to start a fire in my fireplace. The trouble I have with butane lighters is altitude. I hunt every year in Wyo. and Utah and it pisses me off when you have a high dollar lighter that is like a blow torch and it won't ignite because of the altitude. WTF !



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I carry two wooden indians to rub together.



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:lol:Are they male and female ?

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It depends.  First you have to check thier "orientation."



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:roflmao:



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Well, I for one carry water proof matches in a water tight container, then it is a magnesium starter stick with cotton balls soaked in vasoline & baby oil. I also carry a Bic lighter in my one jacket pocket. I also have 3 flares in a canister for the hunt. I have never needed those flares but it sure does bring piece of mind in the wild.:lol::cool:



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GEEEEEZE!!!!!!! your askin too much not to looooook:wink:

Mag strike starter, metal water proof match holder, lighter and small pieces of pitch impregnated wood in a baggie, one oz. plastic bottle of starter fluid. I used to carry a flint and striker with some charred cloth but just for the challenge....:troll:



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2 cans of pork n beans, then I dont need a fire :lol::troll:



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But then you need an 8 lbs. sledge to open them..:roflmao:



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Cotton Balls soaked  with  Vick's Vapo Rub wraped  seperately in Aluminum Foil, Magnesum  Striker, and  a  neat  little  Cutting tool / Knife  Sharpener.

The  Vick's  works  much better than  Petrolium Jelly , and last  just as  long.
Just  shred  the  Cotton Ball, and  throw  a  spark. If  you  carry  it  in your pocket to warm it up a bit  it will  work better too.

Flint &  Steel  if  the  Posible  Bag is in reach, but the Flinch Lock will do the  job too.:thumbs:



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  At the least every day I have a zippo in my pocket alongwith a spare card of flints in my wallet and 3-5 of the tobasco sauce bottles from MREs filled with lighter fluid.  Each bottle holds enouph for one refill of a zippo which lasts a wek or so when lighting a pack a day of smokes aside from fires and can also be dribbled on some stubborn tinder if needed.  I usualy also have a second Zippo in my pocket daily.  If Im headed into the woods or grab my BOB that lives in the truck then can add 2 disposable lighters, a box of waterproof matches, a magnesium striker, 3 waterproof match cases with flint strikers on the bottoms (used to carry seasonings in the BOB), 3 firestarter blocks, small bag full of cotton balls and a can of bagbalm that takes the place of petrolium jelly for fire starting and is also great for a lot of first aid uses and such. 



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Not wanting to look absolutely stupid but, when you talk about cotton balls and vaseline, how do you make them? do you just roll them in it?



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Good question.....

I use vicks vapo rub and just swipe a gob on a cotten ball and wrap in tin foil... just my way of doing it....:thumbs: I make a square of the tin foil and fold it in around the cotton ball and when i unrap it i make a small box out of the foil and put the tinder on top of the cotton ball.... one way of doing it...
good idea on the bag balm i carry a small tin of it for chapped lips and cracked finger tips never thought of it for fire starter ... will have to try it:thumbs:

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Thanks for that information, i thought it might be like you describe, but one never knows! Looks like i will be going to the chemist tomorrow for cotton balls and vaporub! I will swipe the foil off the misses!



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