A good fire kit will allow you to start a fire in any season under any weather conditions day or night! Here is what I carry...
Mora fire steel Water proof matches Water proof match case Bic lighter Ten cotton balls soaked in petro jelly Five fire sticks Five fuel tabs One 35mm film cases to put cotton balls in
With these items you can have a good fire going in no time even in a heavy rain. However, even though I carry all of this my goal is to try and start every fire with nothing but the fire steel for practice. If for some reason I can't seem to start a fire due to whatever reason that is when I will use other items i my kit.
everyone has their own way and that is fine i just like to keep my load as light and simple as possible to this day ive never not been able to light a fire with magnisium it burns very hot 3,100 c my opinion on lighters is there mechanical and that can be a failure ive also sharpend mine do double as a knife ! they are an incedible item simple and very efficiant
I love being out on snow shoes! My wife and I get out as much as we can each winter. It is not to often I have a problem getting a fire going when using only firesteel. I had one trip about three years ago when I ran into problems. Depending on where you are when you have to start a fire it can be hard, no matter how skilled a person is. I was down around the wassis pond just off of the Oromocto river, it was late November and I was spending a night in the woods. Not sure if you have been around that area or not...no birch...almost no dry tinder...and there was so much frost on the dry leaves that it was so hard to get a flame. I was using the firesteel and magnisium and ended up using cotton balls and one fire stick. Ever sence then I have added some extra items in my fire kit.
Made a few changes to the gear I carry for starting fire. Here is a picture of the items I now carry.
Case (Walmart) Matches in orange case (walmart) 4 Fire tabs (walmart) 1 small Bic lighter Fire steel from Canadian Tire (until the Morasteel gets here) 2 strike anywhere Tinder sticks (Canadian Tire) 1 1/2 tinder sticks (Canadian Tire) 1 Mag bar (Canadian Tire)
Missing but will be added soon
10 Cotton balls soaked in Petro Jelly wrapped in tin foil Short length of hacksaw blade to be used as a striker for the firesteel.
Small, light and ready to start a fire in any condition! Even though I almost always start my fire with just the fire steel, I know that no matter what I run into I will be ready!
What do you think? If you see somewhere I can improve let me know!
Last Edit: Dec 13, 2012 17:47:53 GMT -5 by MoraGuy
youtube les stroud check the prison match one sure youll find that neat also the flashlight bulb he carefully broke the glass on bulb used the filament if i remember right even gas that he got from his abandoned car i could stand corrected on that but something like that but sock lint my friend is like gasoline highly flammable not a lot of ppl know that !!!