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    Firestarting

    The bow drill is probably my favorite method of survival fire starting. I was practicing today and took some video of it.
    YouTube - Bow Drill Fire Starting

    I use cedar for both the spindle and the fireboard.
    What is your favorite method of fire-starting?

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    My personal favorite is the 9v battery and steel wool. Seriously, I find it a lot easier to keep a nice supply of electric ignition cigarette lighters on hand as well as a bunch of strike anywhere matches.



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    Exclamation i LIKE THE MAG BLOCK AND STEEL MATCH

    I have used the magnesium block/steel match for years. It has never failed me but it is a little hard on the knife!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sights on Target View Post
    The bow drill is probably my favorite method of survival fire starting. I was practicing today and took some video of it.
    YouTube - Bow Drill Fire Starting

    I use cedar for both the spindle and the fireboard.
    What is your favorite method of fire-starting?
    Nice work, You also asked what my favorite would be.... I have to be honest.... Zippo...
    Semper Fi

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricbak View Post
    Nice work, You also asked what my favorite would be.... I have to be honest.... Zippo...
    I was thinking basically the same thing. An Ammo can full of disposable lighters or an Ammo can full of Butane and refillable lighters.
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    While the more "primitive" methods are pretty cool, like this one, I see no reason not to use "technology" which is available to us, like Zippos.

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    Even though I may have a quantity of lighters put back you could get into a situation where you don't have them available. I never carry something to start a fire and could find myself in a situation needing to make a fire. Knowing how to make fire from scratch could save your life. Survival means adapting and overcoming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Hat View Post
    Even though I may have a quantity of lighters put back you could get into a situation where you don't have them available. I never carry something to start a fire and could find myself in a situation needing to make a fire. Knowing how to make fire from scratch could save your life. Survival means adapting and overcoming.
    True enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Hat View Post
    Even though I may have a quantity of lighters put back you could get into a situation where you don't have them available. I never carry something to start a fire and could find myself in a situation needing to make a fire. Knowing how to make fire from scratch could save your life. Survival means adapting and overcoming.
    That kind of reminds me of a line in "We Were Soldiers":
    Lt. Colonel Hal Moore: I think you oughta get yourself an M-16.
    Sergeant Major Basil Plumley: Sir, if the time comes I need one, there'll be plenty lying on the ground.
    Semper Fi

  11. I got me some flint and some neat steel pieces. I also have a magnesium bar and a waterproof wooden match holder for backup.





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