scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Firestarters
Sun Feb 20 2000 - 21:31:09 CST
> We had a few birch trees come down at camp and I stripped as much
> as I could off 'em-- I think I have a lifetime supply now.
I don't know about being sealed up carefully in baggies, but unsealed birch
bark loses its "magic" over a period of years -- I guess the natural oils /
esters / turpentines / whatevers evaporate eventually. E.g., after 10
years or so it still burns pretty well, but not so well that I would risk
having to be able to start a fire in the rain with the stuff.
Of course, here in the north-east, there is usually fresh birch bark within
walking distance of any campground...
(Like Auntie Beans, I also carry a supply of the stuff -- however, I try to
turn my inventory over on a regular basis.)
John A. Pershing Jr. <email@example.com>
ACM Pack 36 / ASM Troop 36, Westchester-Putnam (NY) Council