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Old 01-17-2019, 09:56 AM   #1
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How to Cheat Starting a Premaitve Camp Fire


If hiking / camping and would need a camp fire through necessity for survival, or if a camp fire was planned, take along in you back pack a few pieces of wax paper. It's light weight and much safer to transport than most flammable liquids. I've found it to rate right up there with kerosene on the flammable scale. And no, I haven't attempted to ignite it with flint but if I can get caught up in my busy retirement schedule I may try that.


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Good idea. I will have to try that.
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We have fire starter rod things in all the cars for emergencies. Weather proof, water proof, small and portable. I suppose I'll throw in a few squares of wax paper for if we can't find anything dry. Up here we can typically break off some spruce branches and they dry out real fast, burn fast and hot too so it's typically pretty easy to get some birch going.


(Did you know that pines can grow all year long? Like leafy trees basically hibernate the freeze, pines just push the water in and they use the small amounts of heat given off by water freezing, around 3 degrees F, to keep other internal water from freezing and rupturing their cell walls. Nature is awesome!)
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A friend is also a forester and explained to me that what I was calling "pine needles" were actually leaves. I still call them pine needles.

Anyway I have watched many demonstrations on how to start a fire in emergency situations and although it can be done it isn't as easy as rubbing 2 sticks together as the old solution suggests. I'm running out of years but have long planned to try a few of the methods. The real trick is to find some dry material.

For now, some modern accessories are much easier, usually a lighter.

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We don't have any native pines but we just returned from a Christmas vacation where they were plentiful. And yes, those pine leaves/needlesare wonderful fire starters when dry. I'm thinking it would be nearly equal to gasoline if some crumpled wax paper was topped with dry pine pine needles with some air space. I do know I quickly learned not to light the paper up toward the top because if I do I better be prepared to move my ole hand very quickly if using a pocket Bic.
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That was probably spruce branches I used in AK long time ago to cover snow in the tent. It makes a good bed to put a doubled pair of mummy style sleeping bags on when -40F. They insulated well enough no snow melt after nearly a week but a lot of things were different on permafrost.
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A few Fritos and a bic lighter makes a wonderful fire starting combination.
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Primitive?? No Bic, no Fritos, No wax paper. User Ferrocerium bars and scrape the magnesium off it, and strike it with a rod. Stable in storage. More than Fritos, anyway
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I'll never forget the scouting contest to determine which troop could start a fire with flint and make a gallon of water boil first. The winning troop found some creosote wood in the area. Of course it was contested but the judges let it stand. Now talk about cheating!!!!
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A few Fritos and a bic lighter makes a wonderful fire starting combination.
By the time I arrived at the camp site the Frito bag was always empty.
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Frito bag was always empty
Then you could use the bag to start your fire ....with a Bic.
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A few Fritos and a bic lighter makes a wonderful fire starting combination.

You always seem to know the why. . . so what's in Fritos & why did you try this?


BTW, guys, a Bic lighter is FIRE. Cheaters.
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Bic lighters don't work so well when wet or frozen. Ferrocerium is the ones we leave in the cars for emergencies. We have box like ones somewhere in the house for emergencies as well.
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steel wool and a 9 volt battery.
https://www.instructables.com/id/How...-and-steel-wo/
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You always seem to know the why. . . so what's in Fritos & why did you try this?


BTW, guys, a Bic lighter is FIRE. Cheaters.

Fritos, Doritos, potato chips are all dried vegetable matter soaked in oil. Low moisture content + oil. The vegetable base is glucose plus elements such as potassium, magnesium, etc. Apparently most all food is flammable but most have too high a moisture content. How well they start and burn will depend on the product. Apparently ripple potato chips start but don't maintain a burn as well.


There used to be a TV show called Survivorman who tried it and it worked quite well. He also tried cotton balls he had soaked in petroleum jelly and stored in a waterproof match tube and they worked well. I think on that episode he started it with a battery (simulated aircraft crash).


Ferro sticks are great. So are flares if keep them in your car.
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