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Old 01-23-2015, 11:09 AM
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Feather Sticks

Do you prefer to make and use feather sticks for fire craft?

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Old 01-23-2015, 03:35 PM
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When I was out on the AT the year before I used feather sticks often.
Actually, almost every evening.
I'd get a small fire going after dinner to burn accumulated trash from around the shelter i was staying at that evening.
I'd usually pre build a fire in the fire ring before dinner then light things up after dinner.

When things where damp from rain I had a few tricks to get things started.
No matter how rainy or damp, water doesn't penetrate wood too deeply.
Unless it's been lying on the ground for awhile.
I'd wander down the trail and knock down any standing dead trees that where about 3" to 5" in diameter and drag them back to camp.
A dead tree that stands vertical sheds most of the rain and isn't water logged like wood on the ground.

Back at camp branches no more than the thickness of a thumb would be broken off and stacked under the shelter overhang out of the rain.
The trunk would be broken up by levering between two closely standing trees or the seat and cross piece of a picnic table.
Using a jack knife I'd shave off the wet outer bark then split the sticks into smaller kindling to start the fire lay.

Then I'd select a pine stick about a foot long, shave off the damp outer bark and carve a feather in the end of it.
I'd douse the carved end of the feather stick with hand sanitizer and light it.
That would create a very big "match".
The "match" would burn hot and long enough to dry out any damp tinder and get a fire going even in the worst conditions.
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