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Friction fire fun!

Post by Woods Walker » Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:58 pm

Some time ago I participated in an online knife challenge. One of the things on my list when sending in the request for entry was to use the knife for a friction fire. Well I tried and for some reason couldn't get a coal that time. Ok I did everything and fulfilled the requirements as nothing is ever assured in life but never did totally forget it. I don't like leaving promises open so.....

MLL Amazon friction fire in the cold. GO! I was doing an axe review and wanted to make a fire so this would kill two birds with one stone. We are going to burn wood but first gotta get something. Tulip Poplar bark makes for good tinder nest material

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The downside being the wood feels low density and tends to snap so dislike camping around these tall trees.

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Some Friction fire stuff.

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Tulip Poplar and Yellow Birch bark.

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Platform and kindling ready!

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Success!

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Hold on...... Naw we got more. One of the downsides to doing a video review of something is I gotta go back and redo the friction fire to show yea all. Moving along the spindle and fireboard carved.

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That split was a harbinger of trouble and it was. Look at the fireboard. The back split off during one attempt. The front split off during another attempt. Another attempt worked great but then I dropped the coal like a rookie. The next attempt worked then got a fire for the axe review video. So now another coal is needed just for the pics. 2 coals down one to go. For the previous coals I used the shot glass but this time the deer antler as a bearing block.

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There we go.

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I love it when the fireboard ignites.

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Thanks for looking.
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Re: Friction fire fun!

Post by redcabeca » Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:11 pm

Very impressive! I've seen this before but I've never tried. I'm still trying to get the hang of a ferro rod. Finding appropriate tinder is the biggest hurdle for me. Doesn't help that everything seems to be wet in Western Washington for 75% of the year.

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Re: Friction fire fun!

Post by Woods Walker » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:17 pm

redcabeca wrote:Very impressive! I've seen this before but I've never tried. I'm still trying to get the hang of a ferro rod. Finding appropriate tinder is the biggest hurdle for me. Doesn't help that everything seems to be wet in Western Washington for 75% of the year.
I think you have fat wood which ignites with a ferro rod and is immune to water penetration. Not sure about what's available for friction fire in your area.
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