What Do You Carry For Making Fire?

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  1. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member
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    I use flint, steel & tinderbox for fire lighting because it is a sustainable & renewable method. This image shows my greased leather fire bag top right in which I carry my tinderbox to keep it dry. The fire bag I carry in the belt pouch. Bottom right is my tinderbox.
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    This is an original 18th century English fire steel which I carry now & it replaces the copy of an early English fire steel you can see in the other image.
     
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  2. Nedbushcrafter

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    That's a nice knock Keith thought you would of used a flintlock to make fire
     
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  3. Nedbushcrafter

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    One question what do you use for tinder ?? As birch doesn't grow in aus I'm guessing paperbark or euco
     
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  4. Keith H.

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    To make fire with the lock of my fusil it must be unprimed & the vent blocked. Easy enough to do, but easier to use my tinderbox & keep the gun primed. That way I am not caught out with an unloaded gun.
    Keith.
     
  5. Keith H.

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    That sounds like you are referring to kindling Ned not tinder. Tinder is what catches the spark from the steel & forms an ember. I use various types of plant tinders, some of which are available in the UK. More information here: http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/search?q=plant+tinders
    And Here: http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/my-book-primitive-fire-lighting-ebook.html
    And Here: http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/search?q=kindling+versus+tinder
    Keith.
     
  6. Tom Williams

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    Flint and steel. Maginifeing glass lighters matches sterno
     
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  7. Nedbushcrafter

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    Just out of curiosity where do get your period kit from ??? Was thinking might give the flint and steel thing a go myself
     
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    A handy though 'extravagant' addition to my fire kit is the common or garden pencil sharpener. This is ideal for turning twigs into shavings without blunting my knife and having to waste energy sharpening my blade as often.
     
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  9. Keith H.

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    Interesting, I would not bother as I carry 3 knives, one of which is reserved for such chores if required, but an interesting idea just the same :)
    Keith.
     
  10. Keith H.

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    I put my fire kit together myself Ned, but there are suppliers overseas & in the UK.
    Regards, Keith.
    http://jas-townsend.com/camp-equipment-c-76.html?osCsid=9e2cc8a1d72de9c03a97391159cc3e41

    http://www.historic-uk.com/LivingHistory/TradersMarket/

    http://www.micelfolcland.org/Shopping_Sources.htm

    http://www.thebushcraftstore.co.uk/wilmas-eldstal-flint--steel-firesteel-22336-p.asp

    http://www.woodland-ways.co.uk/buy-online-wilmas-flint-and-steel-tinder-kit-118.html

    You will probably find more suppliers if you search the net Ned. Here is a link to flint & steel fire lighting on my blog.
    http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/search?q=flint+&+steel+fire+lighting
     
  11. Tom Williams

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    Ive seen the pencil sharpner used in the rain it works well to make quick dry tender i have them in my kits now just incase
     
  12. lonewolf

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    I've got flint and steel, spark strikers, all available in the UK on Ebay and Amazon.
     
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  13. Nedbushcrafter

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    Thankya Keith I wanna give that old way a try been told natural flint And a knock to make fire is a definite skill esp doing it the old way like you do its good old skill to learn
     
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  14. TexDanm

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    I carry a ferocerium rod, jute, a peanut lighter, fat wood, with a little knife, a streamlite nano, and a P=38 can opener one a string. It is all very small and light. Then I always have a Leatherman, pocket knife and a bic lighter that are part of being dressed for me.

    I have and can make fire with the old school Flint and steel but that is more of a hobby thing for me than as a serous survival technique. With a ferocerium rod you don't need as fine a matwerial to catch the spark. With flint and steel I usually carry char cloth along with the jute cord and fat wood.

    Matches and lighters are the best but have a limited life span.
     
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    A handy though 'extravagant' addition to my fire kit is the common or garden pencil sharpener. This is ideal for turning twigs into shavings without blunting my knife and having to waste energy sharpening my blade as often.
     
  16. Corzhens

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    Whenever I have the chance, a match and old newspaper are included in my gear. For starting fire with nothing is very difficult so why not make it simple with a safety mmatch? But in case there is no chance to bring a match, I will rely on the bamboo sticks. It's not easy but it is time tested.
     
  17. DonScott

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    Before I go out I always grab a handful of dryer lint. It makes surpringly good tinder! It will catch a magnesium strip spark in a heartbeat!
     
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