Skills and knowledge are equally important to physical ownership of gear.
dogbane wrote:All of those natural materials are available in the Southeast except the birches, but we have red or river birch here, and the bark makes a really nice tinder. I'll dig out the firesteel and see how it compares.
Nice write up of a good series of experiments. Experience is the best teacher.
dogbane wrote:Are there synthetics in your dryer lint?
werepig wrote:Very cool thanks for posting!
jamesraykenney wrote:Have you tried these with flint and steel? It produces a MUCH cooler spark and thus is much harder to get an ember or flame.
What is good to use?(besides charcloth, which, of course, works great!)
xxxDarksidexxx wrote:cattails have made me look like a fool on more than one ocassion. ive tried them a few times and every time i walk away a little frustrated. they seem to take a spark just fine, i get a flame, but then it quickly goes out... it doesnt even seem to want to smolder much for me.
BobtheBreaker wrote:I disagree, more dumb people should camp in bear country. And they should protect their food by keeping it in their sleeping bags.
1911nufsaid wrote:I'm not implying you, or anyone on the forum for that matter, is a 'end of world' nut job.
ninja-elbow wrote:I did a demo on making charcloth this weekend at Wintergeddon. Basic poke a hole in the Altoids tin, fill it with old cotton t-shirt patches or a rolled up strip of denim, put over coals and wait for the little flame to pop up - then go out. Let it cool = charcloth. No pics as people were either watching or still batoning or were doing lunch.
The main thing to reiterate, as it is the main question I get both here and IRL, is that char material is good to learn mainly for the fact it teaches you "the process" of making a fire. I do not advocate that people set themselves up to make charcloth in camp so they can lgiht a fire*. I advocate the 3 methods teaching plus one "surefire" (gas and flare?? ). Making char(anything) delves into the "sorcery" of firemaking, the fundamentals. If you understand the fundamentals, you can figure out more stuff than just learning a technique or 4.
Concept A + Concept B = Concept C
as opposed to
*The main questions is: "You have a fire already to make the charcloth, why do you need to make charcloth?"
Sojourner1104 wrote:Woods Walker,
Very well put and a great presentation. Thank you for sharing. Though I have never been in a situation where I did not have matches or the matches I had would not work does not mean that it can not or will not happen. Here is a link that I feel is appropriate to the subject:
http://artofmanliness.com/2008/04/29/9- ... t-matches/
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