Making your own char cloth
01 Dec 2017

Make Your Own Char Cloth

Some fire starter systems rely on char cloth. I wrote about the fire piston that I bought a while ago as one of some backup fire starter systems to have on hand. I like the fire piston, but it requires some type of tiny piece of tinder and char cloth

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24 Nov 2017

Testing the ‘World’s Best Fire Starter’ by Lightning Strike

Now that it is mid-November here in the Pacific Northwest we are starting to have some truly cold days. Last weekend we had a hard freeze so I knew that would be a good time to test this fire starter and tinder that Lightning Strike Fire Starter sent us as

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petroleum jelly fire starter cotton pad
07 Jul 2017

Are Petroleum Soaked Cotton Balls the Ultimate Fire Starter?

To make a really good fire starter you only need a little bit of time and two ingredients…petroleum jelly and cotton balls. Well, we tried the method three different ways to test out how well it actually worked. We used cotton balls, which are the standard advice told to people

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Magnesium fire starting isolated on white
05 May 2017

Fire Starter Options and Backups

If you’re like me, you like to have a back-up and then a back-up back-up. Every method of starting fires has their pros and cons. Let’s look at a few things to think about when you’re worried about starting a fire. Magnesium Scraper These work well, but you have to

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