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natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting

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So it took the spark?

~ YES! I used my mag/flint firestarter, and honestly it went up so fast that I couldn't grab my camera in time to take a pic when the flames were high...  it went up super fast.  :thumbup: I have NO Idea why this pic is small, I cannot enlarge it. I so need a camera.  :glare:  But what I learned is that the more you work it, and break it up in your hands and turn it into nest-like material... the better it holds the magnesium flakes and the faster it ignites.

 

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When you use your camera (if you did) you have your pixels set too high. Thats why your having trouble in Image shack with too large of a picture.

Your cell phone is set for thumb nail pictures. Im not sure if there's an adjustment for that. Its faster to email thumb nails.

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When you use your camera (if you did) you have your pixels set too high. Thats why your having trouble in Image shack with too large of a picture.

Your cell phone is set for thumb nail pictures. Im not sure if there's an adjustment for that. Its faster to email thumb nails.

 

~ I take all my pics with my phone.... I don't adjust anything. I Just hit the button. Some of them come out and it says "image too large to upload" and some of them dont. Some of them I never can get to load on imageshack. Some of them I can never get my phone to send to my email.

 

I probably need a camera.

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Taken, I've been having a lot of problems with imageshack too.  I got a couple pop up viruses from them and they only will host like a third of my pictures.  I've been using photobucket and it works twenty times better.

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~ the other stuff I used is "andropogon virginicus"  AKA Broom sedge, or Whiskey Grass, it's one of the first weeds to start taking over vacant lots around here.

 

I found it in one of my National Audubon books of the Southeastern U.S. those books are a great reference.  :thumbup:  They have them for all parts of the U.S.

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As kids we would use kite string to tie bundles of broom sedge to thatch the sides and roofs of our 'hideouts/clubhouses'.  Got good enough at it to make waterproof roofs.

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Nice tutorial Razor, and nice follow-up Taken.  Good overall sequence - Learned by one, taught to others, learned by one...

 

Good to be back and see that things haven't been idle while I was gone.

 

Steve

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Hello Swede!  Heading out to the forest in a few minutes to coax in a gobbler, maybe, or more likely to put razor's tinder-tenderizing ideas to good practice.  Good to be back.

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great job taken your my insperation yeah you go girl  :pray:

 

~ Awwww.... you're so sweet, Kim.  :hug:  I guess razor sharp set off a chain reaction kinda spark that caught fire, and spread to others.  :yes:

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Great post RS, Cedar bark is a favorite of mine and we have lots of it here.

 

Good job Taken. Ya know a small stainless cup is a good idea anyway in case you need to boil water or something, but you'll eventually learn to use your body or clothing in conjunction with another object like a tree or big rock to block the wind,  or even build a small wind break of some sort.

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firstpictinder.jpg

 

I think that is what you guys call Red hot Fire Poker but the photo aint great.

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I think that is what you guys call Red hot Fire Poker but the photo aint great.

 

Sorry I think i got the wrong plant, I think you call it fire weed. We call it Rosebay willowherb

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Sorry I think i got the wrong plant, I think you call it fire weed. We call it Rosebay willowherb

 

I've never had a name for it...but the tops make great tinder. It was the first thing my brother tried when I gave him and LMF firesteel a couple of years ago.

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i found out how good nettles worked when i was trying to make natural cordage when i was about 16-17. i was having a lot of trouble making string that i just wadded up the stalk i was working on and threw it down. later i was getting ready to make a fire and couldnt find anything i thought would make good tinder. i saw the little bundle laying there and picked it back up. i started to rub it in my hands and the woody stuff started sepperating. thats when i got the whole birds nest thing. i dropped a coal in it from my drill and got fire in seconds. i never used a fire steel or spark till i was about 30. love my strikeforce.

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