Honeysuckle,all the components for friction fire in one plan

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by sticks65, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    I went to visit my Mom yesterday and she wanted me to cut down a dead honey suckle so I thought hummm I can use this[​IMG]

    So today I made fire by friction using it and found that honeysuckle like bamboo has all the components to make fire in one plant.

    Here is a link to the post on my blog.


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  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Yep, at least one Monkey had a look. Nice bit of improvisation.
  3. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

  4. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    Very awesome stick. In the SE USA, we have honey suckle everywhere. I will definitely file that one away in the ole' brain for later use.

    I am still having the damnedest time getting Sotol to ember with a hand drill. I am about to start trying different fire boards to see if a slightly harder wood may work better. If that doesn't work, I think I will seek instruction in the hand drill. I really want to master it, but it is a ton tougher than bow and drill.
  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I really like the socket in your knife handle ;) That's a sign of excellence right there!

    And about the hand drill since Al brought it up...if you notch the top of your drill stick and place a few strings of the innards of a paracord through it with a loop at each end, you can hold the stick down with your thumbs and not have to worry about your hands taking all the heat because your hands will be in the same place with most of the friction being diverted. I learned that from a special forces guy on the tube: YouTube - Man Woman Wild - Botswana (part 2)
  6. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    WOW, I'm shocked! Something useful learned from that show. I watched part of one episode, the wife and I both rolled our eyes and decided not to waste the brain power on it. Guess we were wrong, though I still don't know if I can sit through the "drama" of that show.

    That is a neat little trick though.

    FYI, I tried to start a fire this weekend using the bow method, big failure on my part. It's been WAY too long since I started a fire with sticks. Gonna hafta practice some more.
  7. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Nice...The few times I lit fire with sticks, I used the rope-thumbs method...but it was long time ago. I like this method because with the bow you have less control. When moving bow left-right, very often the stick flies out of bottom hole. You have much more control with rope-thumbs method...at least I do...
  8. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    I used a bowdrill to start this fire.

    Ive not done a hand drill yet but that is a really good tip to know,thanks.
  9. w9vhe

    w9vhe Monkey+++

    still working on it

    newbie question i know, but how long on average does it take to get an ember going with the drill? (I know, it depends on wood, bow, weather, and all that stuff), just an average. I never could get one to work in the scouts, but that was a long time ago.

    Thanks in advance

  10. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Huh...trick question...fastest I ever did it was about 2 minutes with everything previously set up...
  11. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Why was it a trick question? OK, the fastest you've done it is 2 min. The question was "on average" how long does it take.

    The few times I've done it, its taken about 5 min or so, with a few times taking much longer.
  12. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    My mistake...ment to say tricky...because sometimes you get it fast, sometimes you give up...hard to give average...maybe about 5 min.
  13. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    Bow drill around 1-2 minutes,hand drill about 4-5 minutes
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