Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Starting fires 1(Friction)
Starting fires 1(Friction)
Mon, 12 Oct 1998 09:44:10 -0700
This weekend our troop helped with the Fall Blast Cub event. Our Obstacle
course was canceled due to wet, and we were asked to run the "fire
starting" session for Webelos.
I'll break this into 2 parts.
They had 6-7 of the council store fire by friction kits and 2 older flint
and steel sets.
The friction kits did not stand up very well ( had this problem with one I
bought) the Leather strap breaks and the base is made of a very soft balsa
type of wood. (should this be so?)
I remember fondly (I think) doing this as a scout and would like to do it
with our troop. Looking for suggestions on building my own or improving
the BSA issue one.
Should the strap be leather?
Should the base with the hole in it be sof or hard wood?
Should the top cap holding part be hard or soft?
Should the spinning part be soft or hard. Althought they had roughed it
into octagon, with the soft wood it did not remain so.
What is the best size for the spinning part, and holes?
What is the best size for the cut groove?
What is the best material for catching the spark and heating up?