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        11-29-2011, 02:24 AM
      #11
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    Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
    One year while sheep hunting, We spotted a nice ram about two miles off. My buddy and I took off to try and catch up with the ram before the sun set. A 3rd friend stayed on the high vantage point with the spotting scope and talked to us thru walkie talkies to direct us to the ram. Long story short, The sun went down and we lost all daylight. We turned around tried to find our way back. It was probably one of the blackest nights I've ever experience. No moon, no stars. 100 miles from any city. So there was no reflected light. It was black. We were cross some very rugged and cliff strewn area. We called our buddy up on the cliff top and asked him to light a fire for a point of light to be reference for us to hike towards.

    He replied over the walkie talkies that he would and wanted to know where the matches were. My buddy and I both had matches in our pockets and packs and were just dumbfounded to here, this ex-marine say he did have any matches with him. As we hiked we heard him shooting his gun trying to spark a fire. ( I want to buy some of those sparking bullets they use on TV). He never did get a fire lit. I made every body promise to never tell my wife or mother what I had done that night. Such foolishness to cross those cravasses and climb those cliffs in total darkness.

    This is a picture of the area we hiked in the dark wishing we had a fire on the ridge to guide us back.
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        11-29-2011, 09:18 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by QOS    
    Ok Painted Horse, you are my guide of choice! Burrrrrrr that sounds COLD. Ok...just for future reference...lint soaked in paraffin wax - how does that work? You never know...I may need a lint candle. Lint I have!
    Just add a couple leftover birthday candles to your kit, put the candle under the kindling T P, the small steady flame in one area works wonders. It isnt lighting fast but it works, is light weight and easy to come by. Candles will still light if they get wet. Just wipe off the water.
         
        11-29-2011, 11:08 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    Wow this thread really got some action

    Painted - I carry exactly what you do in my saddle bags - a couple egg carton sections filled with dryer lint and soaked in paraffin. I like Griz's idea of the steel wool. I used to use the petroleum jelly but have moved away from it as it's a little messy.
    I really try to avoid relying on any type of paper product for tinder. Paper is hydrophilic meaning it loves to absorb water and I've found that other materials work better for me. That being said the only thing that matters is that it works for you.
         
        11-30-2011, 07:12 AM
      #14
    Started
    I like the wax and dryer lint idea.

    I was shown many years ago in girls scouts that you can waterproof matches a good deal by painting them with a coat of nail polish. It does work.
         
        11-30-2011, 10:56 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Another tip is to look for pine pitch, stuff burns with a vengeance. I used to keep a bag of dried pitch chips on me for starting fires. Stopped the practice because it is a bit messy!
         
        12-03-2011, 04:37 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I make something like the lint cups only with sawdust resulting from my numerous other projects. I also carry a magnesium "Match". Those things work wonders. I also like the idea of the birthday candles, a good use other than floating around the "junk drawer" in the kitchen for a couple years.
         
        01-03-2012, 04:29 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    I make a firestarter out of the tiny pine cones. Just dip them in parafin and let them set till they cool. Toss them in a ziplock bag and poof instant starter. You can do the same with pine shavings and the metal tea light holders. It makes a neat little round disk that burns like crazy.

    I found this site that I thought was great!

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        01-03-2012, 08:23 PM
      #18
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    I think if I was looking to use something as a backup, I would stick with a flint and steel..
    Yup. Very few things work better for such little effort. And they weigh next to nothing.
         

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