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Q&A Gas or liquid fuel lighter?

My backpack of course has a rechargeable gas lighter. I am considering buying a good Zippo, as I feel it more resistant, and it does not need to be kept with your hands to stay on. Would you sugges...

5 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Stefano Borini‭  ·  edited 3mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Q&A Camping site suggestions

My friend and I are planning to go camping for three days next week. Since it's winter here in the US, we're targeting the south east side (FL, SC, etc.) I am looking for suggestions on camping sit...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Actuary‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A Leaving a fire unattended for a few hours, then returning

What is the best way to leave a fire unattended for a short time and then to return to use it again? Here is my imagined scenario: arrive at a camp site and start a fire in a pre-made iron fire p...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by gannawag‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Given limited space and weight what should I carry to get a fire going with damp wood?

Assuming firewood can be found, but it's likely to be damp, how can I best be prepared for getting a fire going? This is for a light hiking situation, so I'm not going to carry a sack full of kindl...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Chris H‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I safely use a candle lantern inside a tent?

I have a candle lantern housed inside what I think is an aluminum frame. I'm concerned it will get hot enough to melt fabrics. How can I safely use it inside a tent? Should I suspend it from the...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by birch‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is a flare a good fire starting tool?

We have a couple of questions showing that in dry times a flare can start forest fires. Is there a safer way to use a flare in a wooded area? What is the risk of starting a forest or wildland fir...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Eye safety when starting a fire with a magnifying glass

TL;DR What are some reasonable (ie: safe, portable, reusable) ways to start a fire with a magnifying glass without damaging my eyes from staring at the focused sunlight? Background I recently st...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Loduwijk‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Surviving a forest fire by starting another fire

Awhile back I heard on CBC radio about a man who got trapped in a forest fire (surrounded on all sides) and survived. The way he survived was so ridiculous that he was brought to court and almost f...

3 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by dudeofea‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Yosemite Fire Rings - What to Expect?

I'm planning a Yosemite trip for this summer. In reading up on the rules on fire restrictions, I saw this: When and where fire restrictions are not in effect, wood fires are allowed in existing...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by scohe001‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's a good back-up wood and alcohol stove?

I am looking for a back-up stove capable of burning wood and alcohol. Can you suggest one? I would like it to burn alcohol and wood (most important) be cheap be small be robust be light (least im...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Paul Paulsen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any modern advantages of a fire piston?

A fire piston is a very old way of starting fires, predating friction matches and works on the same principle as a diesel engine. Basically, you use it to light a piece of tinder and then start t...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I heat a shelter with fire?

So I built my survival shelter and I decide a nice fire would really warm things up. Is there a way I can build a fire that would heat the shelter without too much smoke? I know I could make the sh...

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by MaskedPlant‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it safe to wear a down jacket while building a fire

The outside of a down jacket is usually made of nylon or polyester, which is inflammable. While trying to build a fire, is it safe to wear this jacket? Or will the flying embers be enough to set t...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Victor123‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is burning cow pies (dried cow manure) safe?

Is it safe to cook and or heat using "cow chips"? Cow dung, also known as cow pats, cow pies or cow manure is and has been used to fuel fires where firewood is not available. Ruminant manure co...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any natural materials that can work for a "fire roll" friction fire?

I have seen a few videos of people using an interesting friction-fire technique, and a couple of them called it a "fire roll." To do this, they fluffed up a cotton ball, put something in it such as...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Loduwijk‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I be absolutely sure my fire is safely extinguished?

One great problem with fire in the wild is that it may not be completely out. What is the recommended procedure to prevent accidental forest fire?

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Stefano Borini‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a safe way to light and tend a small fire on earthy/peaty ground?

When on slightly peaty ground, (i.e loamy forest rather than very peaty heath) is there any possible safe way to light and tend a small fire? I'd envisaged scraping away the top soil, dousing below...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by tomandco‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you start a wood fire with a Spark Bunsen Burner/Laboratory Lighter?

Someone suggested using a Safety Spark Bunsen Burner/Laboratory Lighter with 5 Flints to start tinder for an emergency fire. I don't currently own one so can't try it. I have used them to light f...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a way to light a fire in the wild using rocks?

Just for fun, how would I go about lighting a fire with naturally shaped rocks by striking sparks? It might be useful if I were to camp in the far north, where there are no trees. What should I use...

2 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by J. Musser‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Start a fire with nail clippers?

My inexpensive nail clippers are chrome plated steel. All the keys on my key ring are brass or some other non-ferrous metal (I checked with a magnet). The nail clippers have that small nail file ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Start a fire with key fob battery?

We know that you can start a fire with a battery. the better prepared you are the easier it is going to be. I am not prepared and all I have in my pockets is my car keys, which includes a keyless ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What temperature do different parts of a wood fire produce?

I was reading the answers at Can I place a Dutch oven directly into/next to a camp fire? and recalling a recent TV episode about forging iron (coal fire) where they said the coals were hotter then ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Camp fire starting for the novice?

We have several posts about fire most of them are about specific challenges. A recent question had myself and others searching for fire starting basics. We don't seem to have a post about it. Wh...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where can I find the current status regarding fire bans in Norway?

Due to forest fires in Sweden, many Swedish counties have issued a total fire ban, such as Västerbotten and Jämtland. In most cases, this includes camping stoves, and therefore has the potential t...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A I have a firestarter disk, but it won&#x2019;t light. How do I use it?

(click to enlarge) I acquired a bunch of camping gear from a friend who moved out of the country. There was one of these hockey puck shaped disks, half grey half black, remaining in the cooking ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by SwimBikeRun‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the expected flowrate of a bucket brigade?

A naive estimate of one gallon bucket a second is 60 gal/min for a well staffed and equipped line, but is there any data on how much water can be moved by bucket in less than ideal conditions? Spe...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to create campfire which will burn overnight?

I watched a documentary "Man vs Wild" which showed the TV presenter Bear Grylls collecting wood and starting a fire. He somehow always manages to keep his campfire burning until dawn. How does one ...

10 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Question Overflow‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How are canvas tents made to be fire retardant?

While reading through this question about adding a stove jack to a canvas tent originally lacking one, I wondered about the feasibility of making an existing canvas tent fire retardant. Is it simpl...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Jonathan Landrum‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Keeping smoke level in a wigwam low

I spent some time in a wigwam today, and due to the wind conditions, it was very difficult to keep the smoke out. Are there some tricks one can use in a situation like that to make the wigwam more...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Jan Hlavacek‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kinds of wood work well in a bow drill?

I've been working with the bow-drill, and I notice that certain types of wood may be so hard that hardly any powder forms (like african mahogany) and others may be too soft and crumbly. Pine appear...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Twilight Sparkle‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Any dangerous animals attracted to fire?

While we are out in the wild it's good practice to keep a fire up to hold back several kinds of dangerous animals, isn't it? I wonder if there are any (for humans dangerous) creatures out there whi...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the most reliable way to start a friction fire?

What is the most reliable way to start a friction fire using foraged materials? Not necessarily just the overall technique (ie: "drill" or "plow" or whatever); it's good to compare specific varia...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Loduwijk‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to make a fire without burning the ground

I was wondering if there was a way to make a fire pit and start a fire in it, and have a way to protect the ground beneith it as much as possible. I don't really know how I could manage to do that...

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Romain Braun‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any techniques for starting and maintaining a fire in snow?

What are the techniques for starting and maintaining a fire in a survival situation when snow is present? I would like to know if there are any known techniques for starting and maintaining a fire...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Ken Graham‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to avoid exploding rocks

It seems that every tutorial I read and show I watch shows people using rocks for everything from a cooking surface to boiling water. However, I have had rocks crack in half on me, and I've always...

2 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to store tinder on a hike?

What do people use to carry tinder whilst hiking? I was thinking of using a tobacco tin but on a multiday hike I'm not sure it will fit enough or if it will keep dry. Tinder I would be using would...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Chris J‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is dryer lint worth using as a fire starter even if it's also a pollutant?

I have been reading about dryer lint as an effective kindling material, but I keep having the feeling that in some way it implies burning "plastic": all the artificial materials, coloring (although...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Akabelle‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Recommended windproof matches?

I was looking for some good windproof matches - not for any specific use, but just because I considered they may come in useful in some environments. Has anyone any experience with any particular ...

2 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I ignite coal on a grill device without using kindling?

Today I tried to ignite coal on a grill device, without using kindling (we ran out of it). I gathered a lot of small twigs and a bit of medium ones. I managed to set all this on fire, but the coals...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Lighting a fire using a flint and steel

On the spur of the moment I bought a flint and steel. This was mainly because it seems manly and cool. My main problem is I really struggle to light a fire with the thing and normally give up and u...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where can I expect to find naturally occurring flint in the wild?

Where would I look if I was in a survival situation and wanted to find some rocks for fire starting? Where does flint occur naturally? What environments could you expect to find some in? I've creat...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does any Household Object Function as a Passable Fire Steel?

Suppose I am trying to teach a class of 12 children how to build campfires. I would like each pupil to have a flint and steel for the lesson. As it turns out ferrocerium rods can be acquired cheapl...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Daron‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I add holes to my fire pit/bowl?

I own a cheap but relatively effective solid metal bowl-shaped fire pit: (football [soccer ball] provided for scale) We sometimes have difficulty getting it lit - the smallest kindling takes we...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Chowlett‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Unconventional ways to light a fire

In a survival situation, lets say post apocalyptic, what are some unconventional ways a campfire could be lit? Obviously there are the classic flint and steel, rod and bow, and of course matches. B...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Nate W‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I reduce bow string travel on a bow drill?

I have created a bow-drill for the purpose of starting fires. The wooden shaft's diameter is about the diameter of a typical male thumb, and is approximately 11 inches in length. The bow string ...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Brian Webster‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it possible to use a flint and steel with wet tinder?

We carry a flint and steel instead of lighters to light our camp stoves when backpacking because the flint and steel always works and weighs very little. One of our routine camp activities is to t...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Wax paper as a fire starter

One thought led to another and I started wondering how effective wax paper would be to bring along as tinder to start a fire. I've seen suggestions of using paraffin in conjunction with other mate...

5 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Doug Kavendek‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Method to test if wood is suitable to start a friction fire

As far as I know a wood (for the "hearth board") has to full fill several characteristics (at least they've to be soft) to be suitable for a friction fire. When in a survival situation, how can I d...

0 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Method to test if wood is suitable to start a friction fire

As far as I know a wood (for the "hearth board") has to full fill several characteristics (at least they've to be soft) to be suitable for a friction fire. When in a survival situation, how can I d...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can a 'Flameless ration heater' be used to safely start a fire?

It appears that you can accidentally & unsafely have an unsafe occurrence with a 'Flameless ration heater'. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administrat...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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