Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Starting a fire w/flint & steel: urls or tips?
Re: Starting a fire w/flint & steel: urls or tips?
Fri, 9 Apr 1999 07:56:36 -0400
Jay Willis wrote and asked for info on firestarting with flint and steel:
<snip>Anybody have any suggestions on where I might find such information
on>the internet, such as the fundamentals involved, tips on what
material>to use, or vendors who might be willing to part with their
products for>only a few $, etc.?
Jay, this was put out on the list a while back. Also if you do a search
for "Primitive Skills". "Primitive Technology" or "Ancient Ways" you might
come up with better matches for your wants.
This is one that I found, very good info here on Flint and steel, also fire
by friction, etc.
previously on Scouts-L:
From: Jim Lindberg <jal@CRAY.COM>
Subject: Re: flint & steel fires
One of my other hats is that of a voyageur re-inactor. From there I got
into flint and steel firestarting. I even started teaching it in our
University of Scouting last year (after teaching that boring old
computer stuff) and I sell the kits. I guess it was well recieved, I've
been asked to do it again. I was also a judge for the firestarting at
Klondike a couple of years ago and gave extra points for flint and steel
and had the boys who used mag mad at me for not giving them all the
Anyway, the secret is char cloth (made of cotton cloth), or you can use
charred punky wood or even charred shelf mushrooms. This catches the
spark, and will start glowing. You then wrap it with your tinder and
blow (upwards or smoke gets in your eyes). This will soon (if you're
doing it right) catch fire which you would put down on your fire lay.
Here are a couple of links:
Lorie McGraw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Etowah Creek District, Indian Waters Council, Columbia, SC
The Soap Carver's Page
The Slide Show http://home.att.net/~llmcgraw/etowah/slides.htm
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