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Question by VT Outdoorsman. Uploaded on February 18, 2009
a small 2oz bottle of paint thinner, matches, a lighter, and tender.
35mm film cannister packed with cotton balls covered in vaseline, lighter, waterproof matches and tissue
I carry a magnesium bar and buck knife.
magnesium bar & sm vaseline jar will burn 5-10 minutes
I keep matches flint, coconut husks,and log starters.
Carry a bic lighter, tinder (even pocket lint will do), as above.
Flint, steel and a dry bag of tinder.
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.
Flint, magnesium, and a knife.
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.
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!
I carry birch bark(shredded and some big pieces), cedar tinder, matches, lighter, and just in case a flint and steel.
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.
A rairoad flare. Works every time.
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.
Fat wood and dryer lint only
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.
I carry water proof matches in a little twist case.
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.
Some flint and a knife because you can use flint many times and it lasts way longer than a disposable lighter.
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?
i carry a disposable lighter and waterprof mathes and tissue paper
water proof matches, zippo, bic lighter, magnesium bar, lighter fluid and petroleum cotton balls. I go prepared
zippo best lighter ever
I carry waterproof matches and birch bark. The birch bark works great.
I use a Lighter!!!
Either a zippo or a swedish fire steel works even when wet
a magnesium firestarter
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).
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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