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What type of fire starter do you carry in your pack?

Question by VT Outdoorsman. Uploaded on February 18, 2009

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

a small 2oz bottle of paint thinner, matches, a lighter, and tender.

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Bic lighter.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Disposable lighter.

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from rjuarez wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

35mm film cannister packed with cotton balls covered in vaseline, lighter, waterproof matches and tissue

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from Ziggy4334 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I carry a magnesium bar and buck knife.

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from koeka wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

magnesium bar & sm vaseline jar will burn 5-10 minutes

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I keep matches flint, coconut husks,and log starters.

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from rezavoirdog wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Carry a bic lighter, tinder (even pocket lint will do), as above.

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from Charley wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Flint, steel and a dry bag of tinder.

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from pumakitchen wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I have a tool that has a wood handle you can shave for tinder, magnesium and steel. I also try to carry a ziplock bag of sawdust.

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from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Flint, magnesium, and a knife.

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from Cantrell44 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

lighter

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

The vaseline coated cotton balls and a Delta Windmill lighter. I can tell you boys when you hunt in the Rockies late season sometimes your Bics will not fire. If Bics or matches do light the wind will probably blow them out. This will not happen to the Delta which is about $50.00 but worth much more when you really really need a fire. Clothes dryer lint is good starting tender also. Don't forget the fine steel wool and a 9 volt battery method. Just don't store both in the same bag or container unless you intend to burn your fanny pack. When it gets subzero it is nice to have options.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I’ve hunted in climates ranging from 120 to 72ish degrees below zero and I’ve been sunburned to almost frostbite and I can tell you if you’re looking for something that really works and I mean really works even after being stored wet for a long long time! Well by’ golly get’ya a small jar of good old fashion Vaseline from and a magnesium fire starter stick from your local Wal-Mart. So simple of an operation a GEICO Caveman can do it. Take a 2x2 inch piece of cloth or piece of t-shirt etc and saturate it with Vaseline and scrape a little magnesium on it and hit it with the flint side and now you have instant fire 6 to 10 minutes of flame, now compare that with any other lighter and remember you haven’t really used your fire starting resources at all. I still got the same Vaseline jar in my back pack some 10 years ago and still work as good as the day I put it in.

In subzero degree weather butane lighters will fail and anything else like matches are more like a flash in the pan and they do deteriorate with age!

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from sparky wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I carry birch bark(shredded and some big pieces), cedar tinder, matches, lighter, and just in case a flint and steel.

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from pennst8hunter wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I keep three books of the water-proof matches found in the military MRE meals, another book of water proof matches, some drier lint, a magnesium-flint thing, and some coughlans wax tinder cubes.

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from beagle wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

A rairoad flare. Works every time.

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from onehikes wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I carry a Ferrocerium sparker, several cotton balls soaked in Vaseline, and occasionally carry a small stick of sap wood. I have had matches get damp and butane lighters fail, but sparkers always work.

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from Buffryan wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

Fat wood and dryer lint only

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from Timmerland wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use a "Light My Fire" Swedish flint and steel. It is light weight, small enough to carry in my pocket. Will produce 1000+ strikes.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

I carry water proof matches in a little twist case.

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from waterdude466 wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

I carry a magnesium fire starter and manilla rope in my back pack. The rope has many uses. Cut off a 3" piece and unbraid it. Form into a ball, place tinder on top of it and light with sparks, in very cold weather use magnesium shavings in small pile to help ignition.

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from debins33 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Some flint and a knife because you can use flint many times and it lasts way longer than a disposable lighter.

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from Cheap Shot wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Obviously some of you have never actually had to USE a flint and steel! I carry a lighter with rubber bands wrapped around the body of it. The rubber bands are made from cutting bicycle inner tube. The rubber keeps it from slipping out of my pocket and doubles as the (waterproof) fire starter. Ever see a tire burn?

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from FETTY wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

i carry a disposable lighter and waterprof mathes and tissue paper

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from bamaoutdoorsman93 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

water proof matches, zippo, bic lighter, magnesium bar, lighter fluid and petroleum cotton balls. I go prepared

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

zippo best lighter ever

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from cjqga1 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I carry waterproof matches and birch bark. The birch bark works great.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

I use a Lighter!!!

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from 16countryboy wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Either a zippo or a swedish fire steel works even when wet

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from zimmerdude wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

a magnesium firestarter

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from Downhillshot wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

I like to carry my StrikeForce fire starter with me almost everywhere I go as it is always in my day pack. The StrikeForce is a flint and steel on steroids, the thing is huge. And occasionally I carry my fire pistol with me (it just takes more time to get it going right).

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from a.rank wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

butane lighter, sparking rod, birchbark, a small bottle of rubbing alcohol, and cotton balls. the alcohol will take a spark and burn on anything or on its own, but if you soak a cotton ball in it, it will burn even longer that vaseline-covered cottonballs, and with a MUCH taller, hotter flame.

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

a small 2oz bottle of paint thinner, matches, a lighter, and tender.

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from rezavoirdog wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Carry a bic lighter, tinder (even pocket lint will do), as above.

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from onehikes wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I carry a Ferrocerium sparker, several cotton balls soaked in Vaseline, and occasionally carry a small stick of sap wood. I have had matches get damp and butane lighters fail, but sparkers always work.

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from waterdude466 wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

I carry a magnesium fire starter and manilla rope in my back pack. The rope has many uses. Cut off a 3" piece and unbraid it. Form into a ball, place tinder on top of it and light with sparks, in very cold weather use magnesium shavings in small pile to help ignition.

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from debins33 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Some flint and a knife because you can use flint many times and it lasts way longer than a disposable lighter.

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from FETTY wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

i carry a disposable lighter and waterprof mathes and tissue paper

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from bamaoutdoorsman93 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

water proof matches, zippo, bic lighter, magnesium bar, lighter fluid and petroleum cotton balls. I go prepared

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from cjqga1 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I carry waterproof matches and birch bark. The birch bark works great.

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Bic lighter.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Disposable lighter.

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from rjuarez wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

35mm film cannister packed with cotton balls covered in vaseline, lighter, waterproof matches and tissue

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from Ziggy4334 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I carry a magnesium bar and buck knife.

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from koeka wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

magnesium bar & sm vaseline jar will burn 5-10 minutes

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I keep matches flint, coconut husks,and log starters.

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from Charley wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Flint, steel and a dry bag of tinder.

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from pumakitchen wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I have a tool that has a wood handle you can shave for tinder, magnesium and steel. I also try to carry a ziplock bag of sawdust.

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from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Flint, magnesium, and a knife.

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from Cantrell44 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

lighter

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

The vaseline coated cotton balls and a Delta Windmill lighter. I can tell you boys when you hunt in the Rockies late season sometimes your Bics will not fire. If Bics or matches do light the wind will probably blow them out. This will not happen to the Delta which is about $50.00 but worth much more when you really really need a fire. Clothes dryer lint is good starting tender also. Don't forget the fine steel wool and a 9 volt battery method. Just don't store both in the same bag or container unless you intend to burn your fanny pack. When it gets subzero it is nice to have options.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I’ve hunted in climates ranging from 120 to 72ish degrees below zero and I’ve been sunburned to almost frostbite and I can tell you if you’re looking for something that really works and I mean really works even after being stored wet for a long long time! Well by’ golly get’ya a small jar of good old fashion Vaseline from and a magnesium fire starter stick from your local Wal-Mart. So simple of an operation a GEICO Caveman can do it. Take a 2x2 inch piece of cloth or piece of t-shirt etc and saturate it with Vaseline and scrape a little magnesium on it and hit it with the flint side and now you have instant fire 6 to 10 minutes of flame, now compare that with any other lighter and remember you haven’t really used your fire starting resources at all. I still got the same Vaseline jar in my back pack some 10 years ago and still work as good as the day I put it in.

In subzero degree weather butane lighters will fail and anything else like matches are more like a flash in the pan and they do deteriorate with age!

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from sparky wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I carry birch bark(shredded and some big pieces), cedar tinder, matches, lighter, and just in case a flint and steel.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from pennst8hunter wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I keep three books of the water-proof matches found in the military MRE meals, another book of water proof matches, some drier lint, a magnesium-flint thing, and some coughlans wax tinder cubes.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from beagle wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

A rairoad flare. Works every time.

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from Buffryan wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

Fat wood and dryer lint only

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from Timmerland wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use a "Light My Fire" Swedish flint and steel. It is light weight, small enough to carry in my pocket. Will produce 1000+ strikes.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

I carry water proof matches in a little twist case.

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from Cheap Shot wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Obviously some of you have never actually had to USE a flint and steel! I carry a lighter with rubber bands wrapped around the body of it. The rubber bands are made from cutting bicycle inner tube. The rubber keeps it from slipping out of my pocket and doubles as the (waterproof) fire starter. Ever see a tire burn?

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

zippo best lighter ever

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

I use a Lighter!!!

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from 16countryboy wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

Either a zippo or a swedish fire steel works even when wet

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from zimmerdude wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

a magnesium firestarter

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from Downhillshot wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

I like to carry my StrikeForce fire starter with me almost everywhere I go as it is always in my day pack. The StrikeForce is a flint and steel on steroids, the thing is huge. And occasionally I carry my fire pistol with me (it just takes more time to get it going right).

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from a.rank wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

butane lighter, sparking rod, birchbark, a small bottle of rubbing alcohol, and cotton balls. the alcohol will take a spark and burn on anything or on its own, but if you soak a cotton ball in it, it will burn even longer that vaseline-covered cottonballs, and with a MUCH taller, hotter flame.

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