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Interesting Fire Starter

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Spartypride, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Spartypride

    Spartypride Monkey+

    I was reading an article the other day about unorthodox fire starters, one suggestion was burning your underwear. Though this may be good in the short term when you are stationary and awaiting rescue; it could pose a problem if one is attempting to remain mobile or is to be stranded for a long time. What are your thoughts?
  2. Brokor

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

    We did that in Iraq when we were on an air assault mission which took over a month and we were essentially in the middle of nowhere without the ability to shower. I was happy to burn my underwear! [CRC]
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  3. Spartypride

    Spartypride Monkey+

    It is a natural source of natural gas. :)
  4. hedger

    hedger Monkey+

    More Power!

    Alpha Chemical http://alphchemicals.com

    has a nifty 5 Pack of Thermite Fire Starters

    They're only $35.00 for the pack of 5.
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  5. Spartypride

    Spartypride Monkey+

    Ya but then you have to ship them and that would be expensive. To get these fire starters all you need to do is eat a can of beans.
  6. Doug

    Doug Public Figure

    I bought one of these Duraflame - Fire Logs, Fireplace Logs, Firestarters, and Charcoal Briquets
    then i cut it up into chunks. each little chunk burns hot and starts easily with dryer lint or any other fine kindling. I also use the chunks to power one of these little pocket stoves MIL-SPEC Surplus Folding Pocket Stove so they basically serve two purposes. They also help get fires started if the wood is kinda damp.
    They stink when they burn though, but i'm sure it doesnt stink as bad as burning underwear LOL[whiteflag]
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  7. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Had a SEAL Friend, give me an idea that they use, in a pinch.... Team Comm Unit Battery and small patch of Steel Wool... 9 Vdc Bat works as well.... Lots of possibilities, in that arena....
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  8. Ajax

    Ajax Monkey++

    I wouldn't think burning something that you need for health like socks or underwear would be a good idea, nothing like a chaffed penis, LOL.

    I like the idea of compacting cotton balls with Vaseline into a tube, you can get quite a few in a small container.
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  9. hedger

    hedger Monkey+

    Hard To Beat

    It is hard to beat the ease, the low cost and the effectiveness of vaseline saturated cotton balls. Too bad 35mm film is obsolete. All those little film containers would have been perfect storage for them.
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  10. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    I believe the Army does burn it for health reasons. LOL
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  11. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I use Pharmacy Prescription Bottles.... Cheap and seal well....
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  12. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Small aspirin bottles work, too.
  13. flightorfight

    flightorfight Monkey+

    You can still get them from film developing places if you ask. A lot of photographers still use film.
  14. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Yep just ask at your local wally world.... they will give you a handfull.. especially if you tell them you are using them for your boy scout troop....
  15. tommy20/69

    tommy20/69 Monkey++

    i just pop a cotton ball into my jar of petroleum jelly and walla instant fire and it burns for a few minutes . i light my fireplace with them all the time. they even make nice little room candles if you light one or two and put them in a cup or ashtray
  16. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King Site Supporter

    If you ever use a cold remedy called Airborne, the tubes they are sold in make great stashes for vaseline cotton balls...
  17. tommy20/69

    tommy20/69 Monkey++

    them tubes sound pretty good.don't they sell vasolene in a squeaze tube?i keep a box in the bed of my rhino with just about everything .i don't keep any vasolene in it but i do have a full large bottle of zippo fluid and a hand full of lighters and cotton balls.when we go ride and someone needs something they always send them to me.i have never ran into someone needing something on the trail that i didn't have in my box.better to be prepaired than to wish you had been prepaired.
  18. samintn

    samintn Monkey+

    I still buy my 35mm filf at Wal-Mart and use all my film containers, for storage of small stuff, even spices..lol
  19. TXKajun

    TXKajun Monkey++

    Uhhh, just a reminder. If'n you're gonna set your underwear on fire, make sure you take 'em off first!!!! [flm]
  20. ylisa7

    ylisa7 Monkey+

    Very cool. Thanks for posting that. Of course I had to try it out just now. Something else I can do with all the bags of cotton balls I stocked up on years ago, lol.
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