Mora Firecraft. Chaga!

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Mora Firecraft. Chaga!

Post by MegaWoodsWalker » Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:01 pm

Mora Firecraft. Chaga!

This is the 3rd episode using a Mora knife to start fires. I go into the woods with only a Mora knife and a chunk of chaga. I found this chaga despite packing some. It's wet however did a video on field processing wet chaga. Still given it was humid and pushing into late afternoon decided to use the foraged chaga for something else.

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Yellow Birch bark.

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Cedar bark.

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Quartz in an area of erosion. Quartz can be inconsistent and more so with a marginal striking implement. A Mora knife isn't a dedicated striker.

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Foraged materials.

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Processing the quartz for a sharp striking edge.

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Twig fire methodology. Have kindling ready to go before trying.

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I will be using this as my method of ignition however that's the first step. Ignition is no guarantee of success.

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I decided to turn the chaga to dust. A leaf will hold the dust but have a small Ti fry pan.

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To maximize the chance of catching a spark from hitting the spine used a fry pan to hold the dust. Also placed the larger chunk near the pan to offer another chance.

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Ignition. The first thing is to transfer the coal to a larger chuck just incase wind or mistake dumps the contents.

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Done.

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Dust placed on the cedar bark tinder bundle. Unlike a friction fire coal there is no fear of it breaking apart or going out. In fact it's very hard to extinguish without water or being tossed into the wind.

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The size of the coal assures ignition.

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The fire lay is setup not to go out when tossing big bundles of kindling over the flames. Using single sticks can have undesirable results. This way the fire gets going fast with less change of failure.

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Chaga tea being made from fungus foraged that day.

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Boiling the tea.

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Black as coffee.

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Bacon!

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Done!

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Conclusion.

This is a difficult way to start a fire. As always my advice is to carry a PSK with 3 modern ways to start a fire. That said options are never a bad thing. Here is a video and thanks for looking.


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Re: Mora Firecraft. Chaga!

Post by Zed Hunter » Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:15 pm

So you use the fungus to both start the fire and make a tea?

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Re: Mora Firecraft. Chaga!

Post by Halfapint » Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:24 pm

played with some Chaga the other week. It's interesting stuff, we don't have it here in the PNW. It took to spark VERY easily and wouldn't stop burning. we found the lighter stuff worked really well, however the harder more dense did not. Do you use the harder part to make tea?
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Re: Mora Firecraft. Chaga!

Post by MegaWoodsWalker » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:42 pm

Zed Hunter wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:15 pm
So you use the fungus to both start the fire and make a tea?
I should work fine once dry though never tested doing both with the same chuck. I did save some from the tea to test that.

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Re: Mora Firecraft. Chaga!

Post by MegaWoodsWalker » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:46 pm

Halfapint wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:24 pm
played with some Chaga the other week. It's interesting stuff, we don't have it here in the PNW. It took to spark VERY easily and wouldn't stop burning. we found the lighter stuff worked really well, however the harder more dense did not. Do you use the harder part to make tea?
It totally doesn't want to stop burning. Once had a chuck I believed was out start to smolder unexpectedly. It can also start a fire easily using marginal magnification and friction fire. One of the few materials you can actually drill into with out a V cut and get a coal... which won't go out. :)

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