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Fire Starting is a Skill You Need to Practice

fire startingI watch several of the survival shows on TV and occasionally find some good information that slips by the directors. (It seems that many of these shows are more hype than substance.) I wouldn’t want to have my life depend on what I have learned from those shows. However, there is one skill that most of them point out is extremely important and that is fire starting.

Now over the years I have talked with people who thought that they could play Daniel Boone and start a fire easily. Most of them ended up using a surprisingly large quantity of matches and never did get a really successful fire started, and this was in good weather.…

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Homemade Fire Starters are Easy to Make.

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Today’s post is on homemade fire starters.  In the past I have experimented with different ones, but in my opinion  this one stands out above the others, for ease of use and manufacture..

It is cotton balls and Vaseline.  Simply impregnate the cotton balls with Vaseline.  This can be done easy by rolling the cotton ball in warm Vaseline.  By warm, I mean set it out in the sun to warm, I do not recommend liquefying the Vaseline on a stove; this can be a fire hazard.

For years, I have carried these in my bug out bag by stuffing them in a 35 mm film can. …

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Matches, Stock a Great Trade Item

Now I know all of you are all like me and can start a fire rubbing two sticks together with one hand tied behind you.  However most people don’t have this ability and depend on matches.  Now matches are inexpensive and often available for free.  Many businesses still give away free matchbooks.

In a real emergency where fires are used for heat and cooking, most people will run out of matches in a short period of time.  Since they are unprepared and untrained in alternate fire starting methods, they will want matches.  This makes matches a good item to stock for trade.  …

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Fire

firesteelA fire is an extremely important survival tool and can be used for the following purposes:  purifying water, cooking food, creating smoke and light signals, providing warmth, keeping animals and predators away,  drying your clothes, aid in the making of tools, and keeping insects away.  Also remember that a few smaller fires provide more heat than one large fire.  Knowing how to build a fire is considered to be the best survival skill to have so start practicing and become an expert.

Always have at least two, preferably three ways of making a fire on demand.  With waterproof matches, a butane lighter, and a magnesium fire starter or firesteel you should be able to create a fire at anytime and any place no matter how harsh the conditions.…

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Fire Starters

Fire starters

Today’s post is on homemade fire starters.  They are easy and cheap to make.  The one I have used for years and always works is cotton balls and vaseline.  Simply impregnate the cotton balls with vaseline.  This can be done easy by rolling the cotton ball in warm vaseline.    By warm I mean set it out in the sun warm, I do not recommend liquefying the vaseline on a stove.

For years I have carried these in my seventy-two hour kit by stuffing them in a 35mm film can.  You can squeeze quite a few in one.  But with the advent of digital cameras, film cans are no longer easy to obtain. …

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