This will be my first “real” post w/ pictures. So please be nice, I bruise easily.
Introducing Walter’s Fire tin. I have been working on a way of starting fire several ways.
I live in Southern Arizona. It’s mostly dry here with moments of absolute-total-monsoon-apolyptic-Honey-let’s-ask-the-next-door-neighbor-Noah-if-he-has-more-room-on-his-boat rain storms.
My situation is having something that is lightweight (under 2 oz.), able to start “Quick fire” in all weather conditions, as well as to make tinder for later fires. Why lightweight? Because we don’t have rivers or streams with water so we have to carry our own water. Here’s an FYI, west of the Missippi, hikers and backpackers normally use hydration bladders (unless you’re tactical). East of the Missippi, hikers and backpackers carry a used Gatorade plastic bottle to dip into the stream they cross constantly, or the water that comes bubbling out of the rocks Fire tin 002
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So I start out with a tin flat container that 2 1/2 “in diameter. It has a non screw top lid that is reasonably water tight. http://www.specialtybottle.com/tinflatc ... cover.aspx
I hold the container together with two simple Ranger bands. Not only can they be used as rubber bands, but they are flammable and can be used as an accelerant.Fire tin 003
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In to that goes a book of matches (I had some matches from an old MRE). In my travels, I found some Betty Crocker Relight candles. These candles will relight 60-90 seconds after blowing them out. And they survive the Arizona sun, unlike the gag candles you get at the magic store http://www.going4groceries.com/product_ ... dle-p-4339
I also have a piece of char cloth in the bottom of the tin
I put wet fire tinder in case it’s wet and my main fire starting device is a spark-Lite.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qgUZyWQSho
The Spark-Lite kit is the smallest and lightest fire starter. The U.S. Military is using the kits in Aviator Survival kits, so they must be easy to use! The sparker will light all the tinder device (except the Ranger bands) using one hand.
So, what do you all think? Anyone see the Dave Canterbury influence? How about the Ray Mears influence