Fire Starters

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    Besides matches and lighters, what other fire starter do you use/like and why?

    I've tried a few different types of fire starters, but I seem to get the most consistent results with the Coleman Fire Starter.

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    We bought one like this,seems like good quality. I also store a pile of disposable lighters.
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    Small tin of vaselene impregnated cotton balls with a magnesium rod & steel works well. You could use some dryer lint too.
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    Magnesium bar with flint and steel. Also try your hand at a fire piston, after you master it you can start a fire with a single plunge on the piston. I have also keep some steel wool in my survival bag. you can start a fire with the steel wool and the batteries out of your flashlight. Got at least a dozen more ideas....
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    I like the compressed saw dust & wax thingys. They come in a variety of shapes, and colors. Coleman makes some, and off brand ones are sometimes found.

    They are the darndest things. If you find them, but a supply of them, because you might not see them for a very long time again.

    Oh, dont feel obligated to use an entire pre marked section. You can cut off as little as you like, and just use that. A pack lasts a very long time that. Cost: $2-3 a pack.
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    Yes I know I am old but if you can find some Trioxane it’s a great fire starter and burns for a long time.
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    Got a bunch of these off of Ebay for cheap. Unscrew the top and strike it on the side. The match has a wick in it that holds lighter fluid.

    They work great.

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    What other ignition sources do you use?
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    I make it a priority to have several ways to make a fire- yes it is that important
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceoky View Post
    I make it a priority to have several ways to make a fire- yes it is that important
    Me too. What ignition sources do you use?
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    I have lighters, matches, mag blocks firesteels, Vaseline/cotton balls, dryer lint- hand sanitizer is great addition also (takes a spark and burns hot) ,probably some more I'm forgetting at the moment .
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    I predominately use Firesteels and strikers, I have one in every bag and vehicle. Some of the best I've found are from this company:

    FireSteel.com - Best FireSteel

    I like them better than the Sweedish, and they're cheaper. They also sell blank rods, and rods with lanyard loops so you can make your own handles. Combined with some cotton balls and Vaseline, they work extremely well.

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    I like the magnesium/flints and keep a Doan in my mini kit. I also have a Vargo titanium flint lighter that lights up Tinder-Quiks beautifully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Yes I know I am old but if you can find some Trioxane it’s a great fire starter and burns for a long time.
    I had to google Trioxane. I have used that stuff since I was a boy, but didnt know what it was called. Great stuff, and those little fold up stoves work great.
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    I always have a folding stove and Trioxane in my kit. Google folding emergency stoves, lots of DIY info.
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