Re: flint & steel fires
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 14 Aug 1998 21:43:28 -0400
Bob and all,
I am proud to say that I was able to get a fire going with flint 'n'
steel for the first time about a year ago. Got really good directions
and tips from a handout at Wood Badge. I used charred cotton cloth as
tinder, and put a piece about 3 inches square in a "nest" made of super
dry shredded rope fibers. I kept all the items in a double plastic
baggie, and when the time came, it took me just a few strikes with my
file on a piece of granite to generate a spark that landed on the cloth.
The spark began to glow and spread, just like it was supposed to, and
when I began to blow on it, the shredded rope caught right away, and
presto, there was a fire made from flint 'n' steel (or, more precisely,
steel 'n' granite).
Anyway, this worked like a charm for me, and it impresses our charges to
no end when you can do this. A good skill to learn! To give you an idea
of how reliable it can be when you know what you're doing, I understand
that Dan Beard, the first National Comissioner of the BSA, used flint 'n'
steel to light the opening campfire at the first national Jamboree in DC
in 1937. Boy--talk about the major leagues!
Peter Farnham (and a good old Beaver, Too)
SM, Troop 113
Colonial District, NCAC
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