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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #40 on: April 13, 2011, 07:43:01 AM »
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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #41 on: April 13, 2011, 08:27:57 AM »
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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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #42 on: April 14, 2011, 07:23:56 PM »
great job taken your my insperation yeah you go girl  :pray:
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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #43 on: April 14, 2011, 10:09:09 PM »
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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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #44 on: April 14, 2011, 10:36:17 PM »
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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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #45 on: April 15, 2011, 08:52:02 PM »


I think that is what you guys call Red hot Fire Poker but the photo aint great.
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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #46 on: April 15, 2011, 08:59:53 PM »
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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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #47 on: April 16, 2011, 11:09:00 AM »
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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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #48 on: April 16, 2011, 05:07:00 PM »
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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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #49 on: May 09, 2011, 08:02:07 PM »
it's been raining for the last 2 or 3 monthes now so not really in a survival mood because everything is wet 8|
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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #50 on: June 05, 2011, 11:16:18 PM »
it's been raining for the last 2 or 3 monthes now so not really in a survival mood because everything is wet 8|

~ Kim, you live in a dismal place for somebody who may have seasonal mood disorder...   I wish you could be in the sun more.  :console:

This Thread is all about Power over the elements. I have been a student for a long time, Kim,  and I know my teachers when I meet them. Only, in real life, it is not always as dramatic as the movies make it out to be. I would never expect to stare at a pile of tinder and have it burst into flame. but the magic is ever present. Teachers never come in the form that you would imagine... nor do their lessons,  :arigato:   but Nature brings them to those who seek balance.  :thumbup:



I'm sure that "Parting the Mists" is not going to be the dramatic event that this movie portrays either, but will involve a lot of patience, skill, and work.... like all of the other teachings have been. One thing I know for certain, though, is that I AM going to be able to do it. In every way, I am "of" the lady of the Lake lineage, and the mists of Avalon.  ;)  I've known it from my first memories.

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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #51 on: June 07, 2011, 06:03:59 PM »
, I am "of" the lady of the Lake lineage, and the mists of Avalon.  ;)  I've known it from my first memories.

So you speak Somersetshire like me then. This winter I will head home and take some photos of the mists of Avalon just for you Taken!
 
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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #52 on: June 16, 2011, 07:09:41 PM »
So you speak Somersetshire like me then. This winter I will head home and take some photos of the mists of Avalon just for you Taken!
 

~ Really?     :bounce:  That would be Great!  :cheers:

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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #53 on: June 17, 2011, 08:45:16 PM »
I thought Avolon was a myth

I only had a few good teachers in my life I count Les stroud as one of them and the people here  :thumbup:
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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #54 on: November 20, 2012, 02:31:02 PM »
~ if you work your tinder right, you don't need Magnesium flakes at all, just a spark and it ignites. (That's what I've learned since then.) Fluffy stuff works best. Where I live (In the South) that's tall grass/weed plumes they bloom like crazy all over the place here in the fall.

I've been playing with fire today. I walked up the road and snapped off the tops of feathery plumage. The more you play the more you learn.

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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #55 on: November 20, 2012, 03:00:57 PM »
~ if you work your tinder right, you don't need Magnesium flakes at all, just a spark and it ignites. (That's what I've learned since then.) Fluffy stuff works best. Where I live (In the South) that's tall grass/weed plumes they bloom like crazy all over the place here in the fall.

I've been playing with fire today. I walked up the road and snapped off the tops of feathery plumage. The more you play the more you learn.
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natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #56 on: November 20, 2012, 08:39:55 PM »
Cat tails are awesome. Even before they bloom you can pull them apart to get the fluff out. You're right, there is a lot of god fluffy stuff in the south. Lol

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Re: natural tinder for spark and friction based fire starting
« Reply #57 on: November 20, 2012, 10:00:28 PM »
i like breaking off the stem, sticking them in the ground and lighting the tops. they burn slowly and smell kind of like incense but they do a great job of keeping the skeeters away for a bit. depending on there size they can last 10-20 minuts.
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« Reply #58 on: November 21, 2012, 10:05:28 PM »
I'll have to try that.