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Old 10-31-2011, 10:00 AM
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. . . . And I always have fire kit on my person.
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Yes, a part of my fire kit is always on my person, and paradoxically, has been some book matches in a small ziplock - the least reliable of the bunch. Yet, because it's in my pocket, it ends up being what I use 99% of the time (for fire-building).

The disposable lighter in my pot kit is most convenient if I'm lighting a stove. For fires, I prefer sticking a MATCH under a tinder/kindling pile on the ground. Trying to get the flame of a lighter where I want it, while holding the lighter "on", tends to put my knuckles into the kindling while burning my thumb . Lighting a tinder ball separately, then placing kindling on top, solves that problem, but for some reason I like building my fire set on the ground and poking a match under it.

Of course, having the excellent vaseline/cotton ball available makes all the above really easy (which I've played with at home but never carried).
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Old 01-16-2014, 02:41 PM
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Dryer lint works well as tinder also. On the plus side, it is basically free. Yes, I know, it is part of your clothes that you paid good money for, but you would be throwing it away anyhow.
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:09 AM
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I have a friend who has made the vaseoline cotton balls but has used jute twine coated in wax to make a wick and we are getting almost 20 min burn time from them
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:14 AM
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My fire kit is multi-tiered:

- A bic disposable lighter in my pocket as EDC
- A fresnel lens in my wallet. I also have terrible eyesight, so this is multi-use
- A second lighter plus book matches in a ziploc in my briefcase
- A lighter, firesteel, and vasoline-soaked cotton balls in a prescription pill bottle in my pack
- A magnesium block with striker in the pouch of my fixed blade's sheath.

Living and hiking in the northeast, I usually have no trouble finding tinder even in damp conditions.
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:23 AM
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I also have a few Q-tips in my kit that are soaked with Vaseline. They're for those fire lighting situations where I need to reach under my fuel.
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:44 PM
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I also have a few Q-tips in my kit that are soaked with Vaseline. They're for those fire lighting situations where I need to reach under my fuel.

totally stealing that idea.
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