Now, matchless fires?
Bob McGwier (n4hy@CCR-P.IDA.ORG)
Tue, 8 Aug 1995 11:56:33 -0400
You can buy a magnesium block with a flint along the side. You shave some
magnesium flakes on your COTTON lint or steel wool or other tinder and then
use the same knife you scrape to make sparks from the striker on the side.
The magnesium burns very hot and sets the tender to blazing in seconds.
It works wet or dry and I've never seen it fail. The best anecdote I can
relate was at my Wood Badge course we had eight guys drag out belly button
lint and tear up a pizza box. As soon as the belly button lint was going
from the magnesium the pizza box went and we soon had a blaze and cooked
dinner. Oh, did I forget to mention it was raining over an inch an hour
and was 38 degrees F ;-).
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