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Offline zeker

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fire starter kit
« on: July 06, 2015, 06:23:36 AM »
 Here's some pics






Below clockwise -- Steel made from an old file, burning glass, tinder tube, copper pillbox containing charcloth and sharp piece of flint (forgot to include the flax birdnest that's shown above):



The copper pillbox containing charcloth:



collection of steels, from several makers:



There's something VERY satisfying about starting a fire with flint & steel.

There was once a time when a man's firestarting kit was one of his most precious (and few) possessions.  .
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using mullien pith instead of charcloth
 
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mullien is everywhere.. along rds and out in open spaces. very distinguishable plant
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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2015, 09:31:06 AM »
Nice!

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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2015, 10:36:21 AM »
just fished a shoe polish can outta the burning barrel.. perfect for carrying char cloth.. or dryer lint  :P
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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2015, 11:13:23 AM »
Nice kit.
It may never happen. Best to be prepared just in case.

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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2015, 11:17:34 AM »
I don't have consistent results with dryer lint. With two dogs and three cats we have a LOT of animal hair around. what is worse is that the cats each who like to take turn lying in the laundry hamper before it gets to the wash. The hair in the dryer lint makes it much less attractive for fire starting.  :(
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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2015, 12:03:41 PM »
do not use your cats as firestarter material.  :-\
 
such is the book by claude balls.
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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2015, 12:09:46 PM »
I think burning cats make a great fire starter kit, and by the time the fire gets going, you have a quick snack.
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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2015, 05:23:02 PM »
i have 2 cats love them dearly
but I understand if you pour gasoline on them and  light them they make a 50 mile an hour road flare.
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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2015, 10:28:17 AM »
i have 2 cats love them dearly
but I understand if you pour gasoline on them and  light them they make a 50 mile an hour road flare.
LivingPower is going to kill me for saying that.   >:D
That sounds like, How do you make a cat bark like a dog? Douse it in gasoline light it it up and it goes woof....
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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2015, 10:35:51 AM »
That's a great collection of strikers. Does the steel have to be case hardened before use? Or is it better to leave it a little softer? Just wondering, I'm firing up my forge this morning, and have some railway spikes the are just begging to be made into something useful...
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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2015, 10:34:13 AM »
Trying to load pics of the bushcraft kit I just finished pounding out on my forge.
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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2015, 10:47:35 AM »
All the tools were forged from railway spikes. Tomahawk, knife,pot hook, striker,tinder box, and lanyard.
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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2015, 11:04:44 AM »
I've been to antique shops over the years and never knew what those strikers were.  Now that I know, I'll start picking them up!

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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2015, 11:29:41 AM »
. Does the steel have to be case hardened before use? Or is it better to leave it a little softer? ...

life is like a &%^*..
 
when you have it soft.
 
 you want it a little harder
 
when you have it hard.
 
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Re: fire starter kit
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2015, 05:46:49 PM »
I have lots of railway spikes and access to tons more. It is a pity we are not closer. Haven't had time to fire up my forge this summer yet.
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