scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Firestarters
Tue Feb 29 2000 - 21:33:27 CST
In a message dated 2/29/00 11:01:44 AM Pacific Standard Time, rfl@OFFPRO.NET
I've used this secret for many years and endorse it. It's a heck of a lot
cheaper, cleaner, and safer than homemade firestarters.
BTW I only carry these firestarters for emergency use. I always use natural
tinder for starting fires and teach my scouts how to do the same. I see
absolutely no reason for cigarette lighters in a scout's (or leader's) gear.
My scouts know how start a fire in any downpour with native materials. It's a
lifesaving skill all scouts (and leaders) should have. After all, paraffin
firestarters, paper, sterno, cigarette lighters, gasoline, even matches may
not be available when you need them to get a fire going in an emergency.
Don't teach your scouts how to use crutches!
Scout Motto: Be Prepared. Preparation is more than having a pocketful of
cigarette lighters and paraffin. It also means skill and judgment.
> I'm going to give away my secrets:
> *100% No Fuss Firestarters*
> 1. Go to Kmart
> 2. Go to the outdoor section
> 3. Pick up a pack of Coughlin "fire sticks" in their own
> reusable plastic bag. Good for 12 campfires. Shelf life -
> indefinite AFAIK.
> 4. Give the cashier $1.99 plus applicable sales tax.
> 5. Go camping, light firestick, start fire.
> Optional: mail order from Campmor.
> OK. I know it's not nearly as much fun as melting paraffin
> or collecting dryer lint :-)
Blaine Nay, NL7EL