Discussion in 'Survival and Wilderness Skills' started by 91bravo, Sep 8, 2016.
Did learn that some of my trusted butane lighters do not work at altitudes above 9k feet. Not sure why but i have two that worked great before ascension and then fine when descended. The venerable bic worked every time. I had my exotac and of course the flint died when i used it the first time. I think ill be carrying more flints for a backup. Maybe fluid too just in case.
^^^^That’s why a bic, another bic, a 6” ferro, and another smaller ferro is my fire kit (plus knowledge of how to use a bow drill)
Can never beat skill and preparedness vs technology and convenience.
If you have 4 minutes of your life to spare...
Watch some backyard bushcraft coffee making captured on video
Great post, as always. Thanks!
It's 11F. The boys have been outside for the last 10hrs and burned enough fuel to heat a small village. I cut two dead standing trees this morning, bucked them up and dumped them off by the fire pit. They spent the afternoon splitting.
A top down fire from a New Year’s Eve celebration a few years back.
Getting it rocking,
The artsy shot,
Toasty warm at sub-zero temps. You can have Times Square!
Fun time, tremendous heat, no fiddling,
Some natural work,
Colt’s Foot (Flash Tinder)
Inner Poplar Bark (Tinder)
Make big wood small,
Make small wood smaller,
Colt’s Foot eplodes into flames. Have your next step in place before lighting. It looks a lot like a Dandelion, except it has spurs on the stem. It comes up early in the spring, and usually grows at the edges of woods near streams or openings.
With Colt’s Foot and inner Poplar Bark, it’s hard not to get a fire going.
The makings of a Finnish Gap Fire,
I don’t know if baby one has thought of this idea so I’m gonna post it in a few forums. I’m putting one of these in each fire kit. Eseentially a waterproof self containing guaranteed fast flame. I know, a ferro rod is guaranteed spark. But the problem is that if your injured and have to instruct someone else how to use it, that could be life threatening. Even someone who isn’t great with a ferro rod can get a fire going with this in the rain.
1. Brand new Bic Lighter (standard size- the brighter color the better) $1.50
2. About 12 inches of 550 fire cord. I got my hank of 25 feet for $4.99 and have used it to make several of these and lanyards for all my firesteels. So let’s just say about $00.50
3. “Lighter leash”. Google it. It’s a Rubber or silicon keychain to hold standard bic lighters. Almost every gas station has them for about $3.00.
4. About six inches of duck tape. Mine is skin colored so it can be used as a bandage as well but this is a great multipurpose tinder options as well. Would burn for about 3 minutes when cut into shreds. Price.... no idea. Everyone has duck tape.....
all in all, this is about 5.00 per kit. Much cheaper than the exotac fire sleeve and this has two types of tinder and is just as waterproof.
ESEE-3 (Bloody Well Right)
A good example of a top down fire lay,
Its easier if you use a lighter to make the coal.
That custom Gibson tho...
Everyone needs a Gibson neck knife. Seriously.