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Bushcraft Basics was just a phrase I coined for doing instructables in Bushcrafty stuff. RGRSNAPLINK PM'd me early on about it and also created some threads, now Sealegs has joined the fun.
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The moniker Bushcraft Basics is open to anyone who wants to show a skill/explanation/set of tips and is Bushcraft related. I will compile them here in the 'Master thread' in which we can talk about ideas for them, people can ask questions on topics w.e

Also here are simply awesome posts in the Bushcraft section that deserve individual recognition:
Regulator has made two awesome threads lately:
viewtopic.php?f=92&t=85037 - Snares and Deadfall traps
viewtopic.php?f=92&t=85684 - Bow Drill fire making

"Bushcraft Basics:
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 92&t=80651 Bushcraft Candles
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 92&t=79017 JoeTosco shows how to make your own walking stick!
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 92&t=75377 - Expedient survival shelters
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 92&t=73841 - Quinze building (snow shelters)
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 92&t=73557 How to ruck - a guide to hiking in the wilderness.
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 92&t=73252 Water from Snow
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 92&t=70980 Fire starting with pine - very good tip this!
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 92&t=69751 Fire 101 - management, construction etc.
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 92&t=71182 Trioxane - a look at chemical component in the Bushcraft setting.
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 92&t=70774 Backwoods wire - root cordage
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 92&t=69594 Battoning and wood splitting.

Looking forward to seeing plenty more!

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Can I ask a really silly question?

How do you use a fire steel? I received one today and have been trying to get it to light some cotton wool and vaseline balls..

And bugger all happen, the fire steel sparks and the cotton wool sits there as if nothing's happening.. I tried to light one of my gas hobs and it seemed manage that fine..

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That hurts stop biting me wrote:
Can I ask a really silly question?

How do you use a fire steel? I received one today and have been trying to get it to light some cotton wool and vaseline balls..

And bugger all happen, the fire steel sparks and the cotton wool sits there as if nothing's happening.. I tried to light one of my gas hobs and it seemed manage that fine..


http://www.survivaltopics.com/survival/ ... firesteel/

Google "how to use a firesteel" for more, if necessary. Or come to Zombie Con next summer, they do demos. 8)

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If you read the Fire 101 thread there are at least two videos of me lighting stuff with my firesteel. Hope that helps.

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That hurts stop biting me wrote:
Can I ask a really silly question?

How do you use a fire steel? I received one today and have been trying to get it to light some cotton wool and vaseline balls..

And bugger all happen, the fire steel sparks and the cotton wool sits there as if nothing's happening.. I tried to light one of my gas hobs and it seemed manage that fine..

Try less PJ, more "dry" Cotton Ball. The cotton fibers seem to catch the spark, the PJ keeps it going. You really don't need much of the lube :D

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I was thinking of turning some of these into pdf files if there is enough interest out there: Poll added , vote away!

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If you export to PDF it'd be great if there were .epub as well. That way people could use them on any ebook reader fairly easily as not all of them support PDF.


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Added a great new Bushcraft Basics by JoeTosco

viewtopic.php?f=92&t=79017

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the_alias wrote:
I was thinking of turning some of these into pdf files if there is enough interest out there: Poll added , vote away!

Yes!!!!!

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Here is a vote for epub or any open standard like html "not pdf"
Even a wiki.

All spelling and grammar errors the fault of my phone.

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elkhills wrote:
That hurts stop biting me wrote:
Can I ask a really silly question?

How do you use a fire steel? I received one today and have been trying to get it to light some cotton wool and vaseline balls..

And bugger all happen, the fire steel sparks and the cotton wool sits there as if nothing's happening.. I tried to light one of my gas hobs and it seemed manage that fine..

Try less PJ, more "dry" Cotton Ball. The cotton fibers seem to catch the spark, the PJ keeps it going. You really don't need much of the lube :D


I'd also try cranking down hard on the striker, holding the ferro rod almost flush with the tinder, cotton balls, ect., and use long strokes.

The tiny flick, flick, flick action with a fire steel produces sparks, but they're small and can be hard to start a decent flame, depending on the materials.

Strike hard and you increase the chance to get a nice hot glob--my advice is starting to sound terribly inappropriate--of sparks on your tinder.

That's one way to go about it.


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the_alias wrote:
I was thinking of turning some of these into pdf files if there is enough interest out there: Poll added , vote away!

100% Yes!

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This is a great thread and I hope it spawns into more videos of basics/intermediate level survival techniques. I would love to see some videos on setting snares, deadfall traps, or any other methods for getting small game. I know a lot of people have probably read up on it and might have practiced it a time or two, with a little luck hopefully, but it would be great to get tips from people who were actually good at it. I did some training and practical exercises using it in the military, but haven't had time since then. I've been so busy that I don't get out into the woods nearly as much as I want to and, when I do, it's usually car camping with the wife and kids.

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Thanks for the compilation.


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