Best ever firestarter for kayakers
Posted by: old_user on Oct-21-09 10:51 AM (EST)
The absolute best ever fire starter
Cut plastic drinking straws into 3 inch lengths
(The best are the large diameter ones for use in cold coffee beverages)
Pinch one end with needle nose pliers and melt closed with a lighter
Stuff petroleum jelly soaked cotton ball into the opened end.
Pinch that end with the pliers and melt closed.
These fire starters are super compact, will stay water proof even when submerged for an extended period of time, and never leak petroleum jelly on your gear.
To use, simply slice it lengthwise, pry it open, and light. (I use a magnesium fire starter)
You can also simply light one end if using a match or lighter.
I found the burn time to be approximately 4 minutes.
What are you best fire starter ideas?
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The fire starter sticks sold in ziplock|
Posted by: YakOfSteel on Oct-21-09 2:01 PM (EST)
bags, Target or Walmart, I forget which. They're cheap, need only a quick lighter to start, burn for a good 5-10 minutes, and never fail. I can't imagine going to any trouble to save the couple of bucks these things cost, and they're as compact as any home remedy.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-11-11 12:25 AM (EST)
Those sticks are definitely the best firestarters for the money and no hassle.
Same idea different package...|
Posted by: old_user on Oct-21-09 3:10 PM (EST)
cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly...add a dollop of petroleum jelly on top, then ....wrap in small 1 inch square packages of aluminum foil.
Cotton Balls and petro jelly|
Posted by: winsum44 on Feb-07-11 11:38 AM (EST)
My choice, but put the balls in 35mm film container(s). Can put 7 or 8 balls in per.
Posted by: paddletothesea on Oct-21-09 6:37 PM (EST)
I use "liquid boyscout" never failed me yet.
Posted by: old_user on Oct-22-09 12:07 PM (EST)
plastic bags are "just ok" to guarantee waterproofness. film containers pop open when crushed.
I Like That Idea|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Oct-23-09 3:08 AM (EST)
As you said, can't get much more compact than that. Perfect for PFD pocket. Excellent tip! WW
Yukon indian fire starter....|
Posted by: old_user on Oct-24-09 4:30 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Oct-28-09 12:37 PM (EST)
Cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly. Stuff them in plastic film canisters. Fluff them up when starting a fire. The plastic film canisters float, resuable, compact, and you can stuff about 10 cotton balls in 1 canister. I only use 1 or 2 cotton balls each time.
A Sharp Knife, Good Matches|
Posted by: SupremelyArrogant on Oct-29-09 11:34 PM (EST)
And a knowledge of the vegetation always works for me.
No no no|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-30-09 9:11 AM (EST)
the gasoline vapors are heavier than air and sink..depending on your topography they can collect.
Yeah, my kids were impressed|
Posted by: ezwater on Oct-14-10 4:27 PM (EST)
watching the flame front advance along the wet ground, before it burned the hair off my calves.
Thanks for that tip|
Posted by: pikabike on Oct-30-09 1:14 PM (EST)
I have used Esbit firestarter cubes. They work great and burn very hot. Unfortunately, they stink like fishy oil, even when double-wrapped in plastic.
Posted by: devilssoninlaw on Oct-31-09 6:18 AM (EST)
they don't burn long or hot but as practical as steel wool and a 9 volt.
Cotton and wax|
Posted by: mr_canoehead on Dec-06-09 10:59 PM (EST)
I soak strips of cotton t-shirt in paraffin wax and place them in a baggie in my pfd with a lighter. They are handy if it is raining and I ever need a fire in a hurry. I don't actually use them much, but they do work.
Posted by: markk on Dec-07-09 12:49 PM (EST)
Roll it into like a cigarette, but narrower and light. Burns pretty long.
Posted by: jjmish on Dec-07-09 6:43 PM (EST)
Keep a small can of sterno in my pack with cigarette lighter. Also some candles with matches in a film canister.
Merely stating the obvious|
Posted by: Jsaults on Dec-09-09 8:08 AM (EST)
The easiest way to start a kayaker on fire is to saturate him or her with Coleman fuel and flip a match.
Would you believe|
Posted by: Hataryoneh on Dec-09-09 12:22 PM (EST)
I use Fritos. Light them with a match or lighter and they burn just fine. Good to eat if you need to too!
Posted by: grakenverb on Jan-31-10 8:05 AM (EST)
I stopped eating these things after seeing how vigorously they burn. I think they are made of JP4 and food coloring.
Alternative to Fritos|
Posted by: Hataryoneh on Dec-18-09 5:21 AM (EST)
I also carry a flint and steel fire starter with char cloth and/or Tinder Fungus. Char cloth is light weight catches the sparks from the flint and steel and burns with a vengence. Tinder Fungus does too. Add fine tinder such as shredded cedar bark or tow, a couple of good puffs of breath and you have a fire. A reference to tinder fungus is at the following link.
Posted by: old_user on Jan-13-10 1:22 PM (EST)
I've used the lint from the dryer to start camp fires. Get a spark on it and it lights great.
Posted by: Jsaults on Feb-01-10 1:19 PM (EST)
Richland mentioned carrying a "magnesium starter". I assume that is a Firesteel or similar unit.
A magnesium . . .|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-01-10 9:14 PM (EST)
. . . starter has a block of magnesium plus a striker to make sparks.
Cannot find it now|
Posted by: Jsaults on Feb-02-10 7:44 AM (EST)
but I had a link to a site where they sold magnesium rods of different sizes. I will try to relocate it.
Posted by: ScottFree on Feb-05-10 3:09 PM (EST)
Thermite fire starters:
Posted by: Skerray on Feb-06-10 11:52 AM (EST)
I've got one of these...|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Feb-11-10 11:35 AM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Feb-11-10 12:18 PM (EST)
Unless you can start a fire when it really matters (w/ nothing but what you can find in the wild) I'm not very impressed. I Carry two Bic lighters, they haven't let me down yet.
Bic lighters . . .|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-11-10 2:00 PM (EST)
. . . don't work when wet. Anyone who can make fire with two stick can probably shoot lightning bolts out of his ass.
And more to peruse....|
Posted by: Tebpac on Feb-11-10 2:44 PM (EST)
a pocket knife...|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-07-10 12:57 PM (EST)
or buck knife and match sticks or lighter. Whittle a stick to make tinder. If you really want high pitch, bring a 6 inch block of SPF 2x4, and you have yourself 2 weeks worth of high pitch tinder.
Firesteel & a knife along with...|
Posted by: coffeeII on Apr-09-10 8:35 AM (EST)
Bring From Home - Find Along The Way|
Posted by: old_user on May-10-10 12:56 PM (EST)
You can use dryer lint with the petroleum jelly. Then there are those magneseum flint things:
Posted by: kayamedic on May-10-10 1:25 PM (EST)
in my area balsam trees are easy to find. The blisters on the trunk are filled with highly combustible sap.
When you absolutely got to have fire...|
Posted by: sweeper on May-11-10 2:19 AM (EST)
You can talk all you want about handy-dandy fire starters and one match fires, but when it's GOT to get lit there's one sure way to get even wet wood going.
Posted by: old_user on May-19-10 7:01 AM (EST)
i saw some canadian who had a squeeze bottle of av claer jell that worked well.
better fire starters|
Posted by: joebliss34 on May-20-10 9:14 AM (EST)
the best fire starter i have is ripped wood with a chain saw and a light coating of wax. i like ash. store in a plastic bag or alunimun foil. i use this idea to start my woodstove all winter. the alunimun foil pack it like a foil meal. i save it for winter camping
I start with kayakers having high fat|
Posted by: ezwater on May-20-10 11:48 AM (EST)
content, and then I cut them into flaps like salmon filets, and dry them thoroughly on a rack.
paraffin and sawdust|
Posted by: dave54 on Jun-02-10 11:29 PM (EST)
Molded to whatever size and shape you want. Doesn't matter if it gets wet or breaks apart in storage. Wrap in paper tape (painting or masking tape).
If you want a fire|
Posted by: Beaverjack on Jun-09-10 9:28 PM (EST)
start with some dead pine bows. Break a dead branch off a pine tree and light it in your hand with a Bic or whatever. Get it going good and lay it under some sticks. The pitch in the dead needles is oil, and it will get your fire going as good as anything you stuff in a can. I've started a fire with sticks. It takes patience and a good preparation of tinder, kindling, etc. A Bic lighter will work fine even after a swim. It will dry much faster than most people can start a fire with a can of goo and a steel. I carry a Scout Fire Steel and a Bic lighter in my PFD.
Posted by: oldtownpaddler on Jun-11-10 7:45 PM (EST)
The best thing to use is the lint out of a dryer.I carry one in my survival kit.
Hong Kong flints and strikers|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-05-10 3:14 PM (EST)
on e-bay for 4$ free shipping got mine in 2 weeks and better than any other i have seen. i keep it on my knife sheath and a pill bottle of dryer lint in my pfd.
walmart water proof match holder 2$|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-26-10 7:50 PM (EST)
it will hold lint,bark or matches. cool thing it has a small but very usable flint attached to the bottom.
Posted by: old_user on Aug-12-10 1:14 PM (EST)
and Wetfire tinder here.....
All natural firestarter........|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-25-10 10:03 AM (EST)
Birch bark is the best all-natural fire starter! It works whether wet or dry, and burns for a decent amount of time. Dryer lint is great also, especially since it packs really well.
old - old - old|
Posted by: onepaddlejunkie on Oct-04-10 5:16 PM (EST)
You guys are so “Old School”. WetFire™ Tinder. Throw it in a puddle of water, sink it, then pull it out and light it with anything. Burns long enough and hot enough to start a fire anywhere anytime, and it weighs 0.2 oz. I have never tried anything that works as well or weighs less.
Posted by: CoffeeII on Oct-07-10 10:15 AM (EST)
You have to "pay" for yours. Ours is free, abundant & will never run out if the "market" dries up.
Posted by: dave54 on Dec-01-10 12:05 AM (EST)
How many practice making a fire with a bow drill?
I "practice" with...|
Posted by: CoffeeII on Dec-01-10 8:52 AM (EST)
Every type of ignition system that I can. I mainly use a flint & steel, but I try every trip a different way to start my "country oven".
My favorite trick|
Posted by: old_user on Jan-30-11 6:54 PM (EST)
is to rub 2 dry campfire girls together
Just ordered a fire piston!!...|
Posted by: CoffeeII on Feb-07-11 3:51 PM (EST)
Looking forward to it's arrival:
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 3:33 PM (EST)
...and in the morning.
old boy scout trick....|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-03-11 9:25 AM (EST)
ok.. so I am with the natural guys in that you should use what ever is at hand if possible, but for really wet/rainy days we would take strips of newspaper and dip them in parfin wax and roll them up.. Super light, you can take your pick of any container to keep them in.. just like the cotton balls, and never fail... But i like the cotton balls too, just don't burn as long, and the straw thing is genious!
U.S.T. Strike Force|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-18-11 12:23 AM (EST)
My Favorite Firestarter|
Posted by: oldtownpaddler on Mar-19-11 6:01 PM (EST)
The best firestarter I have found is taking dryer lint and igniting it.