scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Mother of Invention Fire Starter
Scott Patterson (scottpat@NETDOOR.COM
Mon Feb 28 2000 - 15:28:29 CST
Tonight at our Troop meeting worked on Fire Starting and Dinning Fly
raising. Most of our scouts think that a Box of wooden matches is what you
make your fire starting tender out of!! And as long as the Dinning Fly is
up before midnight everything is OK.
So we the adult leaders took the program over to try and teach our scouts a
few points on starting a fire and putting a dinning fly up. I found out
that I was teaching the fire starting part at 4 PM and out Troop meeting
starts at 7PM.
An old standard fire starter I like is a 100% Cotton Ball covered in White
Petroleum Jelly. But we had none in the Patterson household! My wife
switched to 100% Round Cotton Pads, in fact she had a brand new package just
waiting for me!! So I proceeded to work the Petroleum Jelly into the pads,
that I am sure she bought just for me!
the Pads held up much better than the Cotton Balls IMHO. The Cotton Balls
compress to a small marble size and make for easy transporting in an old
35mm film container, but you need to pull them apart before you light them,
and the pads just stay flat and 20 fit great in a small Ziploc bag.
When it came time to light them they burned for about 5 minutes each and
with a good hot flame and do not blow out very easy. So next time try a
!00% Round Cotton Pad!!