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Sept 28, 2013 MBO Firestarting Contest Debrief

Post by Horatio_Tyllis » Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:38 pm

On Sept 28 and 29, 2013 zsc003 went out to Marmora ON to spend a couple days camping and having a great time. One of the activities was me teaching a how-to fire starting seminar using a bunch of different methods, and then inviting all participants to have a contest on who could start the best fire in the best time with materials available. The videos, with some instruction will follow. Here's some photos!

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Re: Sept 28, 2013 MBO Firestarting Contest Debrief

Post by Horatio_Tyllis » Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:42 pm

Our host, Canuckdiver made a fire using dry pine needles, bits of cardboard he found from an empty beer case, and some strips of thin pine that had been dumped as garbage. Maybe not all items found in the woods naturally, but hey, it's a fire. If you're not cheating, you're not trying! He lit his up with a standard lighter.

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Re: Sept 28, 2013 MBO Firestarting Contest Debrief

Post by Horatio_Tyllis » Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:46 pm

Next up is Matt. He used a bird's nest method of small sticks laid around in a build up circle around his tinder. He chose to use one of the petroleum jelly impregnated cotton balls we had on hand as an example fire starter. His lights up and catches quickly and effectively

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Re: Sept 28, 2013 MBO Firestarting Contest Debrief

Post by Horatio_Tyllis » Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:53 pm

Archer was up next, using birch bark found in the forest and a good base of tinder as well as some pine heartwood, he built a fire using the tepee method. His started up nice and strong, and his was actually the winner for the day's contest.

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Re: Sept 28, 2013 MBO Firestarting Contest Debrief

Post by Horatio_Tyllis » Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:02 pm

Fourth up and finally is our very own FryBox, using the box method but without a good base of kindling. He tries to use a jet lighter to make up for it, but he'd have been better off using the wax paper cup he found as kindling rather than just dropping pieces on top. His contest attempt was a failure, but he did eventually get it going afterwards. It goes to prove that just a fire source is not enough without building a fire in the proper manner.

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Re: Sept 28, 2013 MBO Firestarting Contest Debrief

Post by Horatio_Tyllis » Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:07 pm

As an added bonus, here's MY entry into the fire starting contest. I used a base of birch bark taken from a fallen tree to as kindling, and just built a big pile of tinder atop it in a tepee-ish method. I also added the powder from a couple shotgun shells just for shits and giggles. Tinder was found in my favourite manner, walking around until i found areas in the woods that gave really nice crunch sounds, and picking up what I found there. It works quite well. As always with fire, if you're not cheating you're not trying!

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Re: Sept 28, 2013 MBO Firestarting Contest Debrief

Post by BullOnParade » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:01 pm

Well done everyone, wish I could have made it out, but hopefully the next one!
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