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Jute Twine and Fire Starting

Last weekend I was at an event in which there was a demonstration of various methods of fire starting.  One young gentleman was extremely fast at starting a bow and drill, you could tell he had done a lot of practice.  He was using jute twine to form the bird’s nest in which he placed his hot ember.  The jute worked beautifully and flamed up well.

This got me to thinking about jute, I knew it burned, but had never used it to start fires.  So since then I have been playing with it and will add some to my fire starting kit. …

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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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