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Would bag balm work the same as vasoline smeared on a cotton ball as a fire starter?

Question by buckeye. Uploaded on July 19, 2011

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Don't see why not since Bag Balm is mainly petroleum jelly, same as Vaseline. Try it and let us know how well it works.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag_Balm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaseline

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-01-31-bagbalm_N.htm

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Cotton balls treated with parafin wax or bees wax make much better fire starters. Simple fray apart the waxed cotton and it lights easily and once burning it acts like a candle. One added benefit is that they are not greasey!

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

bag balm works great on my mitts when they're beat up.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Bee

Will those cotton balls treated with wax light from sparks from a ferro rod like the petroleum jelly smeared ones do? I like the idea of non-greasy.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Bag Balm also works to heal cracked heels in cold weather.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

So does Hoof Saver, It has Collegen and Lanolin, its the best thing I have found for that.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Sourdough,

They do indeed! My son used to make them up by the pound in his Scouting years and he loved to show them off at meetings. Pine cones dipped in parafin or beeswax make excellent firestarters for the home fireplace as well.

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from a.rank wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

yes, but if you carry a small bottle of rubbing alcohol, and soak a cotton ball in THAT, it will burn substantially longer and with a MUCH bigger flame. it still takes a spark wonderfully well, but doesnt make a mess, and the alcohol is very helpful for cleaning wounds as well. first aid + fire starter = great choice

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Great idea a.rank! I carry a small bottle of rubbing alcohol when backpacking. However, drinking alcohol is carried in a larger bottle ;-)

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from sparky9769 wrote 34 weeks 3 days ago

It works very well. It also serves double duty which is ALWAYS a plus :)

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Cotton balls treated with parafin wax or bees wax make much better fire starters. Simple fray apart the waxed cotton and it lights easily and once burning it acts like a candle. One added benefit is that they are not greasey!

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Bee

Will those cotton balls treated with wax light from sparks from a ferro rod like the petroleum jelly smeared ones do? I like the idea of non-greasy.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Sourdough,

They do indeed! My son used to make them up by the pound in his Scouting years and he loved to show them off at meetings. Pine cones dipped in parafin or beeswax make excellent firestarters for the home fireplace as well.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Don't see why not since Bag Balm is mainly petroleum jelly, same as Vaseline. Try it and let us know how well it works.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag_Balm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaseline

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-01-31-bagbalm_N.htm

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

bag balm works great on my mitts when they're beat up.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Bag Balm also works to heal cracked heels in cold weather.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

So does Hoof Saver, It has Collegen and Lanolin, its the best thing I have found for that.

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from a.rank wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

yes, but if you carry a small bottle of rubbing alcohol, and soak a cotton ball in THAT, it will burn substantially longer and with a MUCH bigger flame. it still takes a spark wonderfully well, but doesnt make a mess, and the alcohol is very helpful for cleaning wounds as well. first aid + fire starter = great choice

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from sparky9769 wrote 34 weeks 3 days ago

It works very well. It also serves double duty which is ALWAYS a plus :)

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Great idea a.rank! I carry a small bottle of rubbing alcohol when backpacking. However, drinking alcohol is carried in a larger bottle ;-)

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