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Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Hand sanitizer. @Gary Duncke, everclear. on 02/15/2014 14:26:32 MST Print View

Everclear is illegal in CA. In the 90s had a friend smuggle some from out of state. It burned the tongue :P

Suppose vodka or rubbing alcohol is a close substitute.

Edited by RogerDodger on 02/15/2014 14:32:38 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Hand sanitizer. @Gary Dunckel, Everclear. on 02/15/2014 14:54:43 MST Print View

"Everclear is illegal in CA."

It is not illegal to own, only to buy or sell.


Edited by --B.G.-- on 02/15/2014 14:55:59 MST.

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Hand sanitizer. @Gary Dunckel, Everclear. on 02/15/2014 15:27:00 MST Print View

I thought it was only the higher proof Everclear that wasn't sold in CA; I've purchased the lower proof (151 proof) at BevMo to make limoncello with a number of times.

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Re: Re: Hand sanitizer. @BG, Everclear. on 02/15/2014 15:33:46 MST Print View

The high proof Everclear is also illegal to transport across CA state line.

The other low proof 150, 75% alc is ok.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Hand sanitizer. @BG, Everclear. on 02/15/2014 15:52:38 MST Print View

"The other low proof 150, 75% alc is ok."

Yeah, but that isn't the _real_ Everclear.

The recipe for Purple Passion:

One galvanized wash tub, one large amount of high-test Everclear, and one large amount of Welch's Grape Juice. Mix the two liquids at roughly 50-50 in the tub. Use paper cups to serve yourself by dipping from the tub.


Richard Mock
(moxtr) - M

Locale: The piney woods
my 2 cents on 02/16/2014 12:34:35 MST Print View

I too found the article a little weak compared to a lot of the stuff I read here but definitely picked up some knowledge in these comments so I guess it was worth the read.

jason quick

Locale: A tent in my backyard - Melbourne
Consider Vaseline 'Lollies' on 02/16/2014 15:12:28 MST Print View

Hi all

I love this, and have been doing the same for ages.

What I have done, is after making the Vaseline-soaked cotton balls, is to wrap them like lollies in some grease-proof paper. The paper burns well too, and you don't get all that goo over your fingers. Plus, the end of the 'wrapper' is really easy to light.

Just a thought.
Jase in Australia

jason quick

Locale: A tent in my backyard - Melbourne
oh yeah... on 02/16/2014 15:13:45 MST Print View

Oh yeah, and if you need to use a flint/fire starter, just open the wrapper up to expose the good stuff. :-)

Glenn S

Locale: Snowhere, MN
Drier lint. Eww. on 02/16/2014 22:44:07 MST Print View

Drier lint is nasty. Full of pet fur, body hair, dead skin... not something multi-use for say, chapping or chafing like you could with cotton balls. Not to mention it's messy, and probably partially synthetic materials. Thousands of dollars of gear on someones back and THIS is where they save 99 cents?

The article makes note that this is an emergency fire starter. That's good, because if this is your primary way of starting fires, then perhaps some practice in that area could be a future project.

I used to pack these, I melted the whole jars worth in the oven at the lowest setting with the door cracked open. Carried a couple in an Advil travel size pill bottle. Birch bark is such a great firestarter, and I'm surrounded by so much of it that I just don't carry this stuff most of the time anymore. I do make sure to have an extra ounce or so of stove fuel in my bottle though, so that'll do more for me than a PJCB I figure.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Drier lint. Eww. on 02/16/2014 23:20:05 MST Print View

"Drier lint is nasty."

Mine is as pure as the driven snow. It's full of organic polyester and cotton.


Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Vaselined cotton balls & sparkers on 02/18/2014 21:02:45 MST Print View

I've found Vaselined cotton balls are THE best fire starters when using a sparking stick and steel (or even a wheel type sparker).

That's why I carry both items in a fire starting kit, one for my CC Sidewinder Inferno stove and one for a survival kit.

People seem amazed that I can get a fire in the cotton ball with just one or two strokes on the sparking stick. "Shucks M'am, twern't nuthin'."

William Giles
(wgiles51) - M

Locale: Central Illinois
Fire Starters on 03/26/2014 19:09:27 MDT Print View

I saw an article in, I think, Field and Stream about fire starters that were made from strike anywhere matches wrapped with cotton string and coated with paraffin. I figured that I'd make some and see what I thought of them. I didn't have any cotton string, so I wrapped the matches with jute twine. I then dipped them in paraffin. I found that the paraffin coating made it very difficult to strike the matches, even on a piece of sandpaper. The paraffin gets into the matchhead and makes it difficult to light. In spite of that, once lit, they did seem to make good fire starters. I had been waterproofing matches by dipping them in clear lacquer (clear nail polish, same thing), so I tried some lacquer coated matches, wrapped in jute twine and coated with paraffin. These seemed to work better. Striking the match was easier and they would hold aflame for quite some time. Since I expected that the wax coated matches would stick together when the wax got warm and softened, I wrapped them in bits of aluminum foil. I found that I needed to remove the foil completely for them to burn properly. I tried one and made a twig bundle fire with no problem. Since I always carry a BIC lighter, I'm not too concerned about striking them. Two or three of these don't amount to much weight or volume and they do seem to be fairly effective, so I'll probably try a few when I get the chance.