FireLite Mini Firestarting Kits
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Sara C
(Jon) - M

Locale: SE Missouri and NW Arkansas
FireLite Mini Firestarting Kits on 06/09/2007 07:02:15 MDT Print View

Will the FireLite Mini Firestarting Kit provide enough spark to ignite an open top style alcohol stove?

Jon

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: FireLite Mini Firestarting Kits on 06/09/2007 07:21:53 MDT Print View

Yup, or start a butane stove. Those sparks are hot. The small size is more of a length of service issue than the amount of sparks it throws. I ordered a couple the minute I saw them. You would be working up close with any firesteel, so watch your pinkies.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
firesteel mini and reg on 06/09/2007 07:39:45 MDT Print View

I got the reg fire steel and the mini later

It has been taking some practice for me to be successful

Both of them create big, hot sparks but it was hard for me to hit the target. I've gotten much better.

Using the BushBuddy I would keep hitting the stand part and knocking it off at first. Also,if it is hot be careful not to let dripping sweat drops hit your firestarter.

I really am enjoying learning this skill.

Daniel Goldenberg
(dag4643)

Locale: Pacific Northwet
Re: firesteel mini and reg on 06/09/2007 09:40:38 MDT Print View

A technique that works good for me is to hold the small striker steel piece in one hand steady, and then pulling the firesteel back, as opposed to holding the firesteel steady and pushing the striker forward.

Dan

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: FireLite Mini Firestarting Kits on 06/09/2007 17:10:39 MDT Print View

Just don't try it with a white gas stove...

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: firesteel mini and reg on 06/09/2007 18:24:08 MDT Print View

>> hold the small striker steel piece in one hand steady, and then pulling the firesteel back <<

hi Dan

Tried this technique today and found it to work much better for me. Thanks for the great tip.

joseph daluz
(jfdiberian) - F

Locale: Columbia River Gorge
Re: Re: Re: firesteel mini and reg on 06/09/2007 18:33:45 MDT Print View

Cheaper way, go to walmart and buy the zinc block with the stryker built in. Knock it out with a hammer and nail, and carry cotton balls impregnated with petrolium jelly, they will light readily and... also a hacksaw blade piece, 2" broken off is fine. This set up is waterproof and you'd be surprised at how easy it is to light. Cost= $6 + vaseline and cotton balls.

Sara C
(Jon) - M

Locale: SE Missouri and NW Arkansas
Re: FireLite Mini Firestarting Kits on 06/10/2007 06:31:55 MDT Print View

I went ahead and ordered a couple to try them out. Thanks.

Jon

joseph daluz
(jfdiberian) - F

Locale: Columbia River Gorge
vaseline and cotton balls on 06/10/2007 19:53:30 MDT Print View

be sure and not overdo it with the vaseline, a bit on a ball goes a long way, then fluff the ball increasing the surface:volume ration as much as possible. Seady and firm as she goes on the stryker all the way to the end and you'll have good luck with this.
In the pacific northwest, pitchwood abounds. I never carry tinder because I know exactly where and how to find it.

Kenneth Lotts
(aa7jc) - MLife

Locale: SE AZ
Re: vaseline and cotton balls on 06/11/2007 20:07:59 MDT Print View

Cool.. Just tried it and was very impressed!

Jeremy Cleaveland
(jeremy11) - F

Locale: Exploring San Juan talus
white gas on 09/04/2007 23:48:38 MDT Print View

why is it not good for white gas? with MSRs at least, it would only be lighting the gas in the primer cup. it seems that should be a stable enough situation

Frank Deland
(rambler) - M

Locale: On the AT in VA
Fire Strikers on 09/05/2007 10:43:51 MDT Print View

Great tip, Dan. Why does the jelly work? I noted that it does not burn by itself, it just melts. Does it only ignite at high temps as wax does? I tried sno-seal without any noted effect, thoguh cotton alone burns fast. Also, I think the "zinc" in the Walmart ignitors is actually magneseum. It takes a pile of that to light and it burns quite fast. The cotton ball with jelly not only burns for awhile it stands up well in a breeze, too. Pulling the cotton threads out to thin them helps make igniting them with a spark a bit easier. The mini striker that comes with the kit works well because it gets the spark right at the end of the "stick". I also noted that the hack saw blade works quite well when the side opposite the teeth is used. Note, too, that the metal striker that is sold with the ignoitor here at BPL has an up side and a bottom side. Make sure the "up" is up!