(B) Student Practice for 5 Manmade Tinders

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  1. Syntria

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    Hello! I went with a video. Here are my materials--I tried 10 in total. Not all successful.


    1. Cotton
    2. Cardboard
    3. Dryer Lint
    4. Crumpled Paper
    5. Shredded Paracord
    6. Sponge
    7. Yarn
    8. Rock Wool
    9. Oatmeal
    10. Toilet Paper
     
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    IMG_0829.JPG Man made tinders
    Cotton balls
    Paper towel
    Cardboard and wax
    Char cloth
    Dryer lint
     
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    1. Zippo Cedar Fire Starter
    2. Pine Fire Tinder Tot
    3. Trioxane
    4. 550 Fire Cord
    5. Baddest bee fire fuses

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    From left to right, my man-made tinders are:
    1. Wax impregnated corrugated cardboard
    2. Jute twine
    3. Wet-fire
    4. Cotton ball with petroleum jelly
    5. Dryer lint
    I used the filed back of my Mora Basic on a Steve Kaeser ferro rod.
    Everything lit up on first or second strike. The jute and dryer lint went up fast. Others burned for a while, with the cardboard burning the longest.
    For my backwoods carry, I'm taking cotton ball with petroleum jelly sealed in some baggie plastic inside a small altoids tin. DSCF2529.JPG DSCF2530.JPG
     
  5. ArmyMacE

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    15 different tinder attempts....

    Some worked, some failed. Trying some new stuff, and a few folks favorites.

    1) Hand Sanitizer

    2) Hexamine, wet fire cube

    3) Dryer lint

    4) 0000 steel wool

    5) Overly waxed cotton ball

    6) Cotton ball

    7) Shredded paper towel

    8) Waxed jute twine

    9) Char cloth

    10) Petroleum jell cotton ball

    11) Raw Sugar

    12) Dryer sheet

    13) Shredded Paper / Homework

    14) Shredded Party Balloon

    15) Magnesium shavings


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    It took over an hour to this video loaded... so frustrating.



    Thanks,

    Jarrod
     
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  6. Paul Caruso

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    I went on an outing today and did some bushclass stuff
    My 5 man made tinders are
    1. Cement glue on and tire patch
    2. Petroleum jelly on a cotton ball
    3. Toilet paper
    4. Jute
    5. Hickory sticks potato chips

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    In this picture I got the jute, patch and glue and PJ and cotton going. The toilet paper burned up quickly, so I will do it individually, along the hickory sticks.

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    Here is the toilet paper

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    The hickory sticks took quite an effort to get going but the did eventually start
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    This is the manmade tinder that I have been carrying for years. It has always been put in a waterproof floating match safe. I rarely use it because most places I go have plenty of birch.

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    Okay, here is my posting of 5 man made timbers.

    From top to bottom in picture:
    1. Cotton pad with petroleum jelly
    2. Trioxane - really old stuff it kept crumbling
    3. Cotton pad with SUPER SPECIAL CUSTOM fire starter mix. ;)
    4. Dryer Lint
    5. alcohol wipe

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    Here is the video: ( First time posting a video with flkr, fingers crossed it works for you guys, I can click on it)

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    And here is the picture with all 5 lit.

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    My go to for the woods - the chew can filled with Cotton pad with SUPER SPECIAL CUSTOM fire starter mix. I have one in my car and one in my day pack and my first aid/ backup car kit.
     
  8. Cascadian

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    Here is my posting for 5 Man-Made Tinders.

    Dryer lint and PJ/cotton balls are so easy to light, so I thought I'd branch out a bit (relative to my personal experience).

    For this lesson I attempted:
    • GLIDE dental tape (I don't think it's waxed)
    • ziplock baggie
    • blue Scotch-Brite sponge/scouring pad
    • paper towel
    • cotton sock
    • butter wrapper
    • coffee filter
    • copy/printer paper
    • toilet paper

    I did not succeed in igniting the GLIDE dental tape, ziplock baggie, and Scotch Brite, which is not too surprising.

    The other man-made tinders were easy to ignite.

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    Cotton sock
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    Butter wrapper
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    Coffee filter
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    Copy/printer paper
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    Toilet paper
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    My routine tinder carry: PJ/cotton balls and Sitka Spruce fatwood.

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    Here are my five man-made tinders lit up with a firesteel.
    Ended up grabbing what was readily available around the house. Bit of dryer lint, a wetfire cube, some steel wool, shredded piece of paper towel, and a cottonball soaked with jelly. Nothing crazy. 20180103_114521.jpg
    Paper towel went up easily, no surprise there. 20180103_114618.jpg
    Next was the cottonball soaked with Vaseline. Foolproof.
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    Even though I had hardly enough dryer lint to fill a pop bottle cap, it still worked easily.
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    Diced the wetfire cube in half and easily threw sparks onto it.
    20180103_120303.jpg At this point I had planned on using the steel wool as shown in the original picture, but I just couldn't seem to get the results I wanted. So I used the label from the soup can in the above picture. I shredded pieces of it up and after a surprising amount of Ferro rod strikes, it did eventually light up and burn. In a pinch I would definitely not bet my life on this particular tinder.
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    Overall this was a fun little challenge as I never really use homemade tinder. I'm always building birds nests out of foraged material or throwing sparks at piles of birch bark.
     
  10. theNATIVEONE8

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    IMG_3244.JPG IMG_3243.JPG Here's my submission for 5 man made tinders. Jute burned way faster than I expected. They all lit great, with ferro rod, some were hard to see due to the wind and the outside conditions. Cotton ball and Vaseline burned forever.

    In order
    1.cotton ball with Vaseline
    2. Alcohol prep pad
    3. Dryer lint
    4. Jute twine.
    5. Cotton ball with hand sanitizer.
     
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  11. Bushcraft-kelso

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    20180117_114645.jpg I chose Jute twine, Dryer lint, Magnesium stick, Alcohol prep pad, and the plastic film container has cotton balls soaked in WD-40 gel. Fire tinder that can also double as gear maintenance kit.
    20180117_115040.jpg The magnesium, Jute and Lint was basically gone when the spark hit it.
    The Alcohol prep pad was the hardest to light for some reason...
    The WD-40 gel cotton balls... wow...
    It lit same spark as the magnesium... but burnt the longest..
    I'll be keeping that in my kit!
    20180117_115129.jpg Didn't even care about the snow!
    5 man made tinders complete!
     
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    5 Man Made Tinders


    I tested tinders before starting the lesson. The dryer sheets we have won't burn, must be a safety feature. I did find 7 of candidates for the test though.


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    Counter clockwise from the bottom, starting with the High Speed Steel cutoff tool and fero rod...


    • a regular untreated cotton ball
    • My fat cord
    • A q-tip, fuzzed out with some petroleum jelly on it
    • A coffee filter, cut in strips and twisted for a handle
    • A little chunk of cardboard/wax fire starter stuff, fuzzed out
    • PJ/cotton ball
    • Hemp twine

    I couldn't find the darn jute twine. Hemp twine is difficult to light, even when fuzzed out. My fat cord is hard to light. The cotton ball burned out immediately of course, fast burn. The cardboard/wax fire starter just kept going, as did the fat cord. I will save that stuff for lighting fires with a match I think, after adding the metal wrap at the end. Coffee filter lit easily, as did the PJ treated stuff. Coffee filter will go in the kits from now on.


    Some fires, some burned out while I was trying to get the fat cord started.


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    That fat cord could be used for cooking I think. LOL... :rolleyes:
     
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  13. tramp_trade

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    Here is my submission for 5 man-made tinders.

    From top -
    Alcohol wipe,
    jute twine bundle,
    corner of a towel moistened with methyl hydrate,
    Vaseline cotton ball,
    half a wet-fire cube

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    The flame on the towel is so clear that you cannot see it burning

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    But, as my less-than-hairy knuckles can confirm upon checking it, it was indeed on fire :38:

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    Submission for 5 Manmade Tinders:

    In order:

    Pic 1: some of the manmade tinders that I started with (experimented with several more). Pictured are coffee filters with candle wax, cotton balls, candle wax and cotton balls, PJ and cotton balls, some pine pitch to add to cotton, dryer lint, and PJ and dryer lint. Jute twine is not pictured and was done at a later date.
    Pic 2: first manmade tinder: jute twine
    Pic 3: jute twine burning
    Pic 4: dryer lint burning
    Pic 5: cotton and candle wax burning
    Pic 6: cotton and pine pitch burning
    Pic 7: coffee filter and candle wax burning



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    Please let me know if more detail is needed for any or all submissions!
     
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    5 man made are cotton ball, Carmel mixed cotton ball, Jute fluffed, dryer lint, and hand sanitizer on cotton ball.
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    My 5 man-made tinders (L to R):
    Dryer Lint, Gauze pad, TP, Alcohol Prep Pad, Cotton Ball w/ vaseline, and just for giggles CoFlex tape.
    I tried to stick with man-made items I know I carry on a routine basis when I am in the woods.

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    Dryer Lint. My current favorite.
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    Gauze pad. It burned, but with minimal flame. This would require a solid tinder bundle.
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    TP. It burns. 06A32BD4-02EF-4245-B761-534932F0EE83.jpeg
    Alcohol prep pad burned surprisingly well; first the alcohol burned off and then the pad itself.
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    Cotton ball w/ Vaseline. I have tried this before, but have found less Vaseline is more in this instance.

    The CoFlex tape did not ignite. I used my Swedish Firesteel 2.0 on all 5 tinders.
     
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    2. Bit of used dryer sheet
    3. Dryer lint
    4. Cotton ball w/Vaseline (my favorite carry option, works so dang well!)
    5. Alcohol prep pad, torn into a few pieces. Alcohol flame burns so cleanly, it didn’t pick up well on the camera in the daylight, but it burned!
     
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    5 Man Made Tinders:
    Jute Twine
    Guitar Pick
    Alcohol wipe
    Wetfire Tab
    Dryer Lint

    You can skip to 2:59 to just see the lighting.....dumb camera froze up while shooting, reshot in garage and edited in.

    https://youtu.be/XfVE5du7XBY
     
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    This is my first attempt at using a Ferro Rod. Stopped by Walmart and picked up a Bear Grylls model. Cheesy, but it works.
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    First tinder tried was Oakum.
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    It lit on first strike and burned hot and for a long time.

    Second tinder tried was some string/cord scraps I found at work.
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    It also lit on first try but did not burn as long as the Oakum.

    Next up, dryer lint.
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    It took 3 tries to light, but burned well.

    Cotton gun cleaning patches. First attempt it just burned a hole in the patches, never had a flame. After fraying the patches I got a small flame on second attempt.
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    Finally, I tried an eyeglass cleaning tissue. Basically a tissue soaked in alcohol. And I can’t upload a pic because apparently I reached some limit. It ignited quickly and burned with a high, blue flame. Burned very quickly.
     

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    Using Carmex never crossed my mind. And I’ve carried it with me daily for the last 30 years.
     
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    Toilet Paper / Packing Paper / Dryer Lint / Paper Towel with hand sanitizer / Cotton balls with vaseline. Surprised how long the paper towel w/ hand sanitizer lasted. Sometimes carry hand sanitizer in my pack, but plan on having it packed every time from now on.
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    Ok, tryin to knock these out before the rain starts again. In order from left to right r the 5 man made tinder's I used for this lesson.
    1. alcohol prep pad
    2. dryer lint
    3. tissue paper
    4. cotton ball (dry)
    5. pathfinder inferno fire disc
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    For this exercise I thought to myself what could I have on me to use as tinder while I'm out doing normal stuff (not specifically going out to "bushcraft") Most of the time I'm either out hiking, hunting or fishing. Below are my five.

    1) #2 Paper and Rem oil (while hunting).
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    2) Jute twine in a small Sanell container. No need to fluff up. (Hiking)
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    3) Cotton Charred cord, came in my Hudson Bay tin. (Fishing, Hunting, Hiking)

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    4) Common Char Cloth (This, I often carry in my fire kit).

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    5) Playing around, I made some paraffin infused shop towel (from AutoZone) for a Chinese lantern I made a few years ago. A dollop of Sanell to start and the paraffin lit and kept a flame for a while.

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    Here's my man made tinder submission. From left to right: wax soaked jute twine bundle, pjcb, steel wool, lint, and alcohol wipes. They lit in order of easiest to hardest. First three took one strike, lint took 2, alcohol wipes took 4-5... I think I let them sit out too long and the alcohol evaporated a bit. 0303181606_HDR~2.jpg 0303181607_HDR~2.jpg
     
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    Here are my 5 man made tinder submissions.
    First was dryer lint. Took 2 strikes to go.
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    Second was a tissue. Took 3 strikes for me.
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    Third was a paper towel I used while working on my car. Went up with 4 strikes.
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    Fourth was an inferno pad. Went up with 1 strike.
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    Fifth was a cotton ball with some Vaseline. Also went up with 1 strike.
     
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    Here are 7 man made tinders I played with this afternoon. Results varied. Alcohol pad was the worst. Didn't wan't to light from the firesteel. The dryer lint lit but mainly just smoldered. Everything else worked very well. Lightning Bug fire started worked fine after cutting it in half and crushing some into dust. Burned for quite a while. Light My Fire fat wood stick. Made some shaving and dust no problem. Generic no name fire starter. Worked great again. Just make some small shaving and dust and took a spark easily. Home made petroleum jelly soaked cotton ball stored in a straw. No issue. Cotton pad socked in wax works awesome. Thanks @pilsburythrowboy12 for that one.
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  27. WhisperInThePine

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    Experimenting with options on a busy day.
    1) UST Light Me tinders. I carry these in my PSK that I am building, this was my first time trying one out.
    2) Rubber Band
    3) Cotton make up remover pad with PJ
    4) Jute twine
    5) Alcohol wipe
    6) Fine steel wool.
    7) Shredded grocery bag paper


    Striker was my Rat 5 on a Light My Fire firesteel. That 90 degree spine on the RAT 5 might be sharper than my Benchmade Buschrafter, it really dug into that firesteel.

    My initial layout was the UST tinder, rubber band, cotton with PJ, jute twine, Alcohol wipe, and steel wool.
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    UST tinder needs a little prep work, but it burns long (1-2 minutes) and puts out a 1-2” flame. Success 1/5.
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    Rubber band, I know inner tubes will go up with a match or lighter, thought I’d try a rubber band. Fail.


    Cotton with PJ was a success, didn’t burn quite as long as the UST tinder, but it’s cheap and readily made at home. Success 2/5.
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    Jute twine is a staple in my fire kit, for tinder and lashing. Success 3/6.
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    Alcohol wipe. Couldn’t make it a go. I tried lighting the first one wet, thinking maybe there was enough alcohol content to get it going. Nope. I then rung the next one dry and tried again. It smoldered, but wouldn’t go beyond that. Fail.

    Fine steel wool. Got it to smolder and a little flame action. Smoldered a good long time in the wind. Always kept some in my Emberlit stove bundle for scrubbing and firestarting. Success 4/5.
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    Scrambling to find my 5th success, I grabbed some heavy paper from a grocery bag, and shredded it to create more surface area. Success 5/5.
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    FB_IMG_1522135368571.jpg FB_IMG_1522135357877.jpg I managed to get my submission for 5 man-made tinders while teaching wilderness survival merit badge to my boy scouts: wetfire tinder, coughlans fire stick tinder, Vaseline/cotton ball, dryer lint, and shredded jute twine.

    The coughlans stuff, which basically seems to be a stick of compressed sawdust and wax needed to be scraped and fluffed with a knife, the wet fire needed a heavy spark. The dryer lint and jute twine burned so fast that they were out by the time the pic was taken, and they were lit last.

    The only ones I ever carry are Vaseline cotton balls and jute twine. Were we allowed to skip ahead, I did natural tinders before this, and didn't think to photograph Flint/steel and char.
     

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    Here we have toilet paper with bees wax on it, jutte twine (bought from a store), wax paper, dryer lint, and char cloth. The toilet paper took over a minute to get going, would not use in the future. The dryer lint scared me with how fast it went up.
     
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  30. Elliott Sauerwald

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    Not sure if this video is going to work, so I'll try something different if it doesn't.

    I used: Trioxane tab which I found really hard to use with a firesteel because it breaks up, cotton ball with petrolium jelly, dryer lint, alcohol wipes and steel wool. I will be keeping dryer lint in my kit because it's free.

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    You can hear by nephew talking about "starting his fire" and getting frustrated that the attention wasn't on him in the background. haha poor kid! My sister filmed it.
     
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    5 manmade tinders

    1. cottonball soaked in beeswax & linseed oil mix (linseed oil makes it easier to pull apart)
    2. trioxane
    3. Wood shavings & parrafin block (didnt work that well with the firesteel but is great for use with matches)
    4. cardboard tube with wood, cotton, & grease (messy, very messy)
    5. corrugated cardboard & parafin wax in can (hard to light but makes a great candle/ firestarter)



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    First up, good ol jute twine:
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    Cotton pad (makeup tool I swiped from the wife and fluffed up):
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    Dryer lint:
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    Toilet paper:
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    One of my prepared tinders, cotton balls with petroleum jelly, stored in an old pill bottle. Water proof and very cheap:
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    Lights up and burns a while:

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    Just since I was playing with fire, I lit my other homemade candle/flame extender with my ferro rod. It's a beeswax candle I make with jute wicks in an old shoe polish can. The tiny cans are great for a PSK and this size can works well in a pack. Gets plenty hot enough to dry out marginal scavenged tinder and works as a lot source if I forget my Luci lantern:
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    Lit up:
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    Two lessons to go, and I'm about to upload pics for one of them :)
     
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    Hello Everyone, It took me awhile to get back to this one. been doing a lot of travelling for work. For my 5 man made tinders I used:
    - shredded cardboard packing material
    - Dryer lint
    - cotton ball
    - a candle a made out of shredded cardboard and candle wax stuffed into an altoids tin.
    - paper towel.
    It took me two tries to get all five going at the same time. it took a few seconds to get the "candle" going and by the time I got it started, the paper towel had burned up.
    I started the fire using a Ferro rod and striker from my Hedgehog Leatherworks SK-5 sheath kit. (Paul at Hedgehog is a class act).
    Ill keep chipping away.
    -JDH
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  34. Crusher0032

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    My image hosting website apparently had some registry name issues, which broke my links for this and the Identify 5 trees class. Should be good now.
     
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    It’s a windy day so I decided to do this in my smoky joe. Everything went up quick but here’s my 5. Dryer lint, cotton ball, jute twine, wet fire, and alcohol pad. Used a strike force ferro rod with the factory scraper to light them all up. The wet fire stayed lit the longest but no surprise as I used a whole cube. Usually I carry p/j cotton balls in the woods in an old medicine tube along with fat wood and char cloth. B304FA0C-C4CC-4D9C-ABF4-741CA9B8E5A4.jpeg E453C13C-3988-4280-B9F8-70CFE6A2DDDE.jpeg
     
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    My five items:
    Jute line
    Dryer lint
    Makeup pad with pj
    Cotton ball with wax
    Wetfire
    Just line burnt extremely fast followed by dryer lint. The cotton ball burned the longest, wet fire burned the hottest. Barely can see the just on edge of table, it is there burning. IMG_20180416_131258.jpg IMG_20180416_131411.jpg IMG_20180416_131440.jpg
     
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    Well i tried 6 instead of 5 the extra being part of a scotch pad which wouldnt catch at all..but the other 5 did.
    1. Shavings from a plastic fork hardest to light shavings kept moving on every strike.
    2. 4x4 med pad with antibotic oinment
    3. Paper from sketch book i carry with me
    4. Dryer lint
    5. Cotton ball with vaseoline
    Shall to experiment more definitely...
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    5 Manmade Tinders.JPG 5 Manmade Tinders 2.JPG 5 Manmade Tinders 3.JPG My tinders: from top to bottom
    1. shredded up toilet paper
    2. dead palm leaf
    3. Jute twine
    4. Lint from dryer
    5. cotton balls with vaseline
     
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    My 5 were.....

    1) Cotton ball
    2) Jute
    3) Tampon
    4) Magnesium (My favorite)
    5) Gun Powder from a 308 subsonic round

    and for fun....the Coghlan's Fire Disk
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    From left to right,
    1. Generic "firestarter" brick roughed up with a knife
    2. cotton ball and Vaseline
    3. Alcohol pad
    4. Jute twine nest
    5. Lint.

    I like the cotton ball with Vaseline best. The alcohol pad burned longer than i expected. I made the wax and cardboard in an altoids tin, but i could not get it to light with a fire steel. with a light i could. I think i put too much wax in and couldn't get a sufficient wick scrapped up. 5 tinder.jpg
     
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    From left to right, top to bottom - Paper Towel soaked in Minwax wood stain and dried; tissue sprayed with Off! insect repellant; fluffed jute twine; cotton ball dipped in candle wax; char cloth.

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    Paper Towel:

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    Tissue:

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    Jute:

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    Cotton Ball:

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    Char Cloth:

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    Of them all, the cotton ball dipped in candle wax stayed burning the longest (of course):

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    and I was able to make a small twig fire from it (from the little scrap twigs I had lying around - I didn't purposefully collect wood for a fire)

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    For ease of use, though, I usually carry shredded jute twine in my firekit. I also have char cloth. And, in my haversack, I have a waterproof bag with various natural tinders I collect along the way (like pitch pine, cedar bark, birch bark, punk wood, old man's beard lichen, etc.)
     
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    This was a fun one. I went out with:

    1) Dryer lint
    2) Jute twine
    3) Old generic esbit tab
    4) Napkin
    5) Lotion-infused tissue (didn't know if it would still go)

    The contenders, post-fluffing:

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    Lint and twine went easy:

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    The tissue and napkin did two, lotion had no negative effect:

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    Even after scraping up the top of the esbit tab, it would not light with a spark. I'd get a couple of brief flames, but they wouldn't stay. I decided to shave a big pile and sit the remainder of the tab on top. Still took several showers of sparks, but it eventually lit. (Which you can't see, since these things don't really flame, but you can see the color change):

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    Thanks!
     
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    Knocked this one out about 30 minutes ago. My 5 man made tinders were:
    Wetfire cube
    Tinderquick - I think that's what there called. The little tighly rolled cotton like tinder that is found in Military survival vests with a little flint sparker
    Dryer lint fresh from the dryer
    Jute twine
    PJC ball
    also shown in the photos below is my SAK Farmer and a ferro rod I got from someone here years ago.

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    Here they are all ready to go. I learned I need to do some prepwork to the wetfire cube to get it going quickly. It burned the best out of the 5 but was the hardest to light with a ferro rod.

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    And here they are on fire. The Tinderquick was almost out at this point. Like I said that wetfire cube was a devil to light. The PJC ball and the wetfire cube were the all stars in this test though. I'll keep carrying PJC's in all my kits for ease of use and lenght of burn time.
     
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    Cotton gauze good

    Lint very good

    Alcohol pad excellent

    Tampon with neisporin very good

    Paper towel hard

    Wax paper no go
     

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    Dryer lint, a scrap of linen musket patch material, wetfire, tinder-quik, and trioxane. I had to crumble up the trioxane to get it to ignite with the firesteel. The tinder-quick needed stretched out a little bit to expose the cotton inside before it would light. The wetfire was probably the hardest to get lit but burnt the longest. The dryer lint and musket patch both ignited easily but burned out quickly.

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    Everything burning.

    Forgot to get a picture of my personal tinderbox, but most of those actually came out of it and need replenished now, anyways. It all gets stored in an altoids tin along with some natural tinders.
     
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    5 man made tinders.
    1. Cotton pad with Vaseline lip balm
    2. Jute twine
    3. Cotton from mop head with a drop of hand sanitizer
    4. Dryer lint
    5. Shredded tissue

    Surprisingly, the cotton pad with lip balm took 4 or 5 strikes. The others took right away. The tissue burned just as long as the cotton pad with vaseline
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    From left to right: cardboard with a few drops of motor oil, jute soaked in olive oil, paper towel, cotton ball, and dryer lint.

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    I tried a couple of variations of all of these (cotton ball soaked in hand sanitizer, plain jute, jute soaked in hand sanitizer, paper towel with mineral oil, paper towel with olive oil, etc). All were usable, the ones I got in the picture were just the ones I managed to get going all at once.

    For my fire kit I'm just going to go with a bundle of jute twine. It's compact and easy to get started, and if I need it to burn longer I can just soak it in some hand sanitizer that I keep in my day pack. The jute/olive oil combo worked a little better as far as taking off fast and burning a long time, but olive oil is messy and I don't usually take it out on the trail or in the woods.
     
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    So, I attempted this one tonight. I got everything to light, but some of my tinders were really similar, and I had a hard enough time that I am electing for a second attempt. Will post soon.
     
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    The 5 man-made timers I selected are

    Cotton - I used it dry and it burned hit and fast. I'll be getting some petroleum jelly so it burns longer.

    Dryer lint - Same as cotton, but burned a little longer. I will try petroleum jelly on this as well.

    ZIP fire starter - This one lit fast, went up with a 'floomp', and burned high and hot for a long time. The drawback is that it smells, so I'll need to keep it in an airtight container.

    Waxed jute - Lit easily. It takes the most preparation to fluff up or it won't stay going. It takes the least amount of space. This is my choice to add to my kit and pictured below.

    Lantern wick - The charred end of the lantern wick took the spark well and burned nice and slow. I blew it out and snuffed it in a metal box to be used over and over.

    The cotton and dryer lint burned really fast and hot so its hard to see them. I used the backside of the tip of my Opinel on a 1/2" ferro rod, which easily made a lot of sparks.
     

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    5 man-made tinders, 1. char (cotton canvas), 2. steel wool, 3. dryer lint, 4. cotton ball w/vaseoline, and 5. mini-infernoe.
     

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