Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Fire testing complete

So I spent some time here and there over the last week testing the best way to reliably make a fire in a survival situation. I found that the best way to make a fire in all cases was dryer lint mixed with Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.

It doesn't take much, about a dime-sized spotch of Vaseline, and a quarter-sized tuft of dryer lint mixed together. This is easily ignited by a swedish steel, match, etc. Just keep it out of the wind and your going to have a good fire in no time.

In my BOB, I now have a film canister with some Vaseline in it and a small plastic bag of dryer lint. I'll also have waterproof matches, as it's good to have two of everything really important. I no longer carry any newspaper, as it's pointless, and in a pinch I can use a little TP to help things along.

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riverwalker said...

With so many digital cameras now, it can be hard to find the little 35mm film cannisters. Two alternatives are the little plastic condiment cups that you get with tacos,burritos,etc. or if you have a friend or know someone who is diabetic see if they will give you the little pop-top cannisters their test strips come in. Im use both.

Staying Alive said...

I think you can buy little plastic pill bottles at most drug stores. At least you can here in Indiana. I don't know about Boston. But they are pretty cheap and they make excellent containers for dryer lint and vasoline. I keep my waterproof matches in one too.