Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Tomahawk, Mar 23, 2017.
A few things I use !
Some are just trash.
Have you tried potassium permangenate?
It has other uses as well and you don't need a lot.
Best way though to start a fire is by friction. Once you have the skill and knowledge it is something that you carry with you forever with out the weight holding you down.
Truly a skill for life that should be practiced at every opportunity to keep you proficient
Traditional flint and steel for me - light, easy to carry, it doesn't fail and natural tinder is easy to come by (and keep dry with a little care).
I totally agree with Brownbear, traditional flint, steel & tinderbox is by far the best & most sustainable method of fire lighting especially in a long term wilderness living situation. I have trekked in all weathers & I have never failed to make fire with flint & steel.
I have today taken delivery of a solar lighter, a round mirrored dish that focuses sun light onto a fixed point to light some tinder, of course you need a sunny day to use it!
I tend to carry a mixture of traditional and modern types of firelighters, as well as carrying a traditional flint and steel I also carry a Ferro rod, as well as waterproof matches and a couple of disposable lighters and a small magnifying glass.
I figure that its best to carry more than one way of making fire, when i'm cold and wet I want the fastest way to light a fire and if i'm shivering with the cold a flint and steel isn't necessarily my best option.
that's just my personal preference.