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What do people use for fire starting in their packs / camping equipment?

As the hunts wind down I'm sortof brainstorming present ideas for my boy (upcoming birthday / christmas etc). We had a "fun" evening this year where he didnt have anything to make a fire and could have. I keep a cheap bic lighter in my pack... but really, I'd like to get something quality he can use long term, waterproof etc etc.

In my ATV / snowmobiles we keep a couple road flares, those always light but are too heavy to pack around.


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I carry a bic lighter, some any strike matches in a waterproof container. I think a good one would be a striker and some steel wool just in case the rest fail somehow.
 

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What do people use for fire starting in their packs / camping equipment?

As the hunts wind down I'm sortof brainstorming present ideas for my boy (upcoming birthday / christmas etc). We had a "fun" evening this year where he didnt have anything to make a fire and could have. I keep a cheap bic lighter in my pack... but really, I'd like to get something quality he can use long term, waterproof etc etc.

In my ATV / snowmobiles we keep a couple road flares, those always light but are too heavy to pack around.

-DallanC
Not sexy or he-man but I keep several bic's. They're so lightweight it doesn't make sense not to. Oh yeah I also have a couple of waterproof containers with several dozen kitchen type matches too, then add a small container of cotton balls that are saturated with vaseline and a few of those birthday cake candles that won't blow out and I am pretty well set and probably less than a pound of total weight. I know it's not a quality type set up but it's reliable and works.
 
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Huh, I just saw a youtube video where a guy used duck tape as firestarting material. Always a good idea to have some ducktape, but I was surprised how flameable the sticky side was. He scrapped a little magnesium onto it and 1 spark from a firesteel and it lit right up in a big flame. Cool.


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Huh, I just saw a youtube video where a guy used duck tape as firestarting material. Always a good idea to have some ducktape, but I was surprised how flameable the sticky side was. He scrapped a little magnesium onto it and 1 spark from a firesteel and it lit right up in a big flame. Cool.

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have you seen how good steel wool is for tinder/kindling bundle?

 

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have you seen how good steel wool is for tinder/kindling bundle?
Oh yea, its cool. Have you seen how you can start a fire with a AA battery and a chewing gum wrapper (has to have aluminum on 1 side). Tried it, works great.

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I use trioxane tabs I get from the military surplus store. Dirt cheap and burn hot for a couple minutes. I keep a lighter in my pack and pants pocket.
I purchased a windproof lighter from Cabelas 5 or so years ago. Ended up taking it back because I wasn't very impressed with it.
 
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