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Post by ReadyMom on Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:52 pm

Fire Starters
http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/camping/tips/firestarters.htm

Experienced campers know that having more than one option to start a fire is almost always necessary in the outdoors. While waterproof matches and butane lighters are your best option in most scenarios, they’re not necessarily always available. This, of course, is why a little fire building knowledge and material will serve you well in a fire-necessary situation.

Before delving into fire starting itself, it’s important to cover a bit of safety first. As a rule of thumb, always dig a pit or use rocks to create a boundary for your fire. Without a flame retardant surrounding, the odds of your fire burning out of control are much greater. Secondly, be careful about the placement of your fire. Never set it up directly under low branches, and always allow more room if it’s windy. Remember that even one small ember suspended in the air carries risk.   ---CONTINUED at LINK---

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Post by ReadyMom on Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:53 pm

Making Better Char Cloth
http://www.utahpreppers.com/2009/07/making-better-char-cloth/

When starting a flint and steel or striker type of fire, char cloth makes all the difference in being able to actually get the fire started or just making a bunch of sparks that never catch anything on fire. Char cloth (sometimes also called charred cloth) is one of those amazing mountain man items that is still very useful today. Char cloth is pieces of blackened fabric that easily catch a spark and burn similarly to the way steel wool burns–no big flame, but a nice ember burn that doesn’t blow out once it’s lit. The spark lights the char cloth and the char cloth is used to light the other tinder. I’ve been wanting to add char cloth to my fire kits and having used all my char cloth made by others, I decided to make a batch of my own. ---CONTINUED at LINK---

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Post by ReadyMom on Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:55 pm

Practically Free Egg Carton Dryer Lint Firestarters
http://selfrelianceadventures.blogspot.com/2009/02/practically-free-egg-carton-dryer-lint.html

Now I know after you read my firestarting post you wanted some of the egg carton firestarters for yourself, didn't you? Well, I'll sell you some of mine, or you can just make some of your own for almost no cost!

Here's what you'll need: ---Continued at link, above ---




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Post by ReadyMom on Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:37 am

How to Start a Fire With a Water Bottle
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-start-a-fire-with-a-water-bottle/

There are countless ways to use everyday items to make a fire in survival situations. From short-circuiting cell phone batteries to refracting light off the bottom of a soda can, makeshift techniques using what you can scrounge up from your environment can save your life. Creating fire with a water bottle is similar to making a fire with a magnifying glass: the water bottle acts as a lens that focuses sunlight into a super-bright point which quickly heats up paper or other tinder to the point of combustion. ---CONTINUED---

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Post by ReadyMom on Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:40 am

9 Ways To Start a Fire Without Matches
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/9-ways-to-start-a-fire-without-matches/

There is a primal link between man and fire. Every man should know how to start one. A manly man knows how to start one without matches. It’s an essential survival skill. You never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation where you’ll need a fire, but you don’t have matches. Maybe your single engine plane goes down while you’re flying over the Alaskan wilderness, like the kid in Hatchet. Or perhaps you’re out camping and you lose your backpack in a tussle with a bear. It need not be something as dramatic as these situations — even extremely windy or wet conditions can render matches virtually uselessly. And whether or not you ever need to call upon these skills, it’s just damn cool to know you can start a fire, whenever and wherever you are.   ---CONTINUED---

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Post by ReadyMom on Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:47 am

How to Start a Fire With a Cell Phone Battery
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/start-fire-cell-phone-battery/

In most urban situations, the cell phone is the ultimate survival tool. With it, you can call for help, get directions, and look up practical information (you’ve downloaded a digital survival library, right). In the wilderness, if your phone’s signal is faint or non-existent, it’s a significantly less useful tool, but can still come in handy as a lightweight camera, a basic GPS unit, and if you’re lucky, even a way to send a SOS message. In many cases however, a phone’s most useful functions are ironically unavailable in true survival situations. But, that doesn’t mean your favorite handheld device can’t get you out of a jam.

Inside your phone, a powerful lithium-ion battery has the potential to spark a fire if you know how to harness its potential.   ---CONTINUED---

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Post by ReadyMom on Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:53 am

How to Make a Tinder Bundle
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/make-tinder-bundle/

Igniting a fire requires more than a spark. Sweating through a bow drill session to create an ember or grinding away at a piece of flint to make a shower of sparks is wasted if you don’t have a good home for the flicker of fire that’s produced — a place that will help turn the spark into a real flame. Tinder bundles are that home.

Made of very dry, fibrous materials, a tinder bundle ...   ---CONTINUED---

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Post by ReadyMom on Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:10 pm

How to Start a Fire in the Rain: An Illustrated Guide
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-start-a-fire-in-the-rain-an-illustrated-guide/

Knowing how to start a fire is one thing; knowing how to do it in the rain is a whole other. Whether you’re a frequent camper, or an avid hiker, it’s an important skill to have. In an emergency situation, it may very well be the difference between life and death, as fire provides not only warmth, but food as well. (Note that cutting bark from a tree should in fact only be done in an actual emergency, as this can damage and even kill the tree.) Follow the tips above and you’ll never be without the skills to start a fire, even on a damp and rainy adventure.   ---CONTINUED--- with illustrated guide

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Flint & Steel

Post by ReadyMom on Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:18 am

Traditional Firestarting Part I: How to Make Fire with Flint and Steel
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/traditional-firestarting-part-i-how-to-make-fire-with-flint-and-steel/

There is something magical about making fire from materials other than the standard Bic lighter or Ohio Blue-Tips. Moreover, it is often a better method than matches.

Using flint and steel is one of the easiest of the match-free fire-making methods. Here’s how it’s done:   ---CONTINUED---

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Post by ReadyMom on Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:25 am

Traditional Firestarting – Part II: Fire from Friction
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/traditional-firestarting-part-ii-fire-from-friction/

(Snip) ... To create a fire you need heat, fuel, and oxygen. The heat is supplied by friction between the spindle and the hearth board. The fuel is supplied by the hearth board eroding and creating punk: fine, dark brown powdery stuff. The oxygen is provided by Mother Nature. Simple as that. ---CONTINUED---

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Post by ReadyMom on Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:21 pm

10 Fire Starting Materials You Probably Have At Home
https://survivallife.com/fire-starting-materials-home/?utm_source=sl&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=slnl20171126&utm_content=p2

You probably don’t realize just how many items you have at home that you can use as a fire starter. It’s important to know which item is effective as a fire starter so you’ll be able to carry one or two of these fire starting materials wherever you go. Check out our top picks for fire starting materials in the list below!   ---CONTINUED---

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Post by ReadyMom on Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:01 pm

How to Make Your Own Survival Fire Putty (with styrofoam)
https://patriotcaller.com/how-to-make-your-own-survival-fire-putty-aka-napalm/

 Whether you’re in a SHTF situation or you simply find yourself lost in the woods during a rain storm, it will always be important to make a fire quickly in less than ideal conditions.

Fortunately, we’ve got a way to start a super quick, blazing fire in any kind of nasty weather conditions (it also works like a champ when you want to impress your friends).

We call it “survival fire putty,”  ---CONTINUED---

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Post by ReadyMom on Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:36 am

3 Easy Ways To Make Homemade Waterproof Matches
https://survivallife.com/homemade-waterproof-matches/?utm_source=sl&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=slnl20180112

  Waterproof matches are indeed an essential addition to your outdoor supplies. A bug out bag wouldn’t be complete without fire starter gear. Ordinary matches don’t mix well with wet conditions and being in the outdoors. You can slip and fall into a puddle, getting your backpack wet. Your tackle box can be knocked into the water by a big fish you reeled in. Fortunately, there is a simple solution–waterproof matches. You can buy water-resistant matches, but they can be expensive. Good thing there are simple ways to make your own effective waterproof matches that won’t take much of your time and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.   ---CONTINUED---

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Post by ReadyMom on Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:08 am

How to Start a Fire Without Matches
https://www.thereadystore.com/diy/121/how-to-start-a-fire-without-matches/

  If you find yourself in need a fire, but you don’t have a lighter or matches there are a number of options you can turn to in order to get a fire started.

The most common match-free method used involves magnesium, flint and steel. Lens-based options are common, too. Fires can also be started using friction, steel wool and certain batteries, or even by using a soda can and a chocolate bar. In any of these methods it’s best to have dried tinder in order to build the fire and keep it going. Tinder is any dry substance that readily takes fire from a spark, such as dried leaves, plants, or pieces of wood.   ---CONTINUED---

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