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    Just a small spark can light a BIG fire !

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    Started the spark for tonight's charcoal fire-starter with my EDC Multi-tool Wave saw blade and ferro-rod permanently with it [and with the help of an invisible small pinch of Vaseline on one tissue] here in this place without any wood....

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    Something 'survival' to think about....
    So class,focus now,as here are some interesting info on these two specific shown fire starting tools....��������
    [there are many other fire starting tools/methods as well- ]
    According to my research on the net--
    1] Both the ferro rod and Bic can be used for +_ 3000 strikes/fires.
    2]The Bic flame can burn for +_ an hour [mini Bic +_ 20 min]
    3]Due to evaporation problems, a Bic is not very effective below 0 C as the fuel will freeze and vapors became weak.
    4]The ferro rod can be used reliably with the same intensity of spark in all weather conditions--[now , making a fire in all weather conditions with it is something else]
    5]The flame of a Bic is about 3500-4000 C [+_ 7000 F] depending on the altitude.
    6]The sparks from a ferro rod is consistently about 3000 C [5000 F] on average --more than enough to start a fire if you know what you are doing.
    7]Starting any fire with the help of a little bit of petroleum jell [Vaseline] makes life just so much easier, and it is multipurpose and weigh next to nothing in your pocket.[pic]
    8]For the normal/average hiker/rough camper or hunter the Bic is the practical first choice with the ferro rod as the must have back-up.
    9]One shown fire tool is not 'better' than the other in my circumstances, but a Bic makes life [fire] just so much easier.
    10]Remember that a Bic has lots of moving parts and as a non-smoker, it can dry up without noticing...,
    11]while a ferro rod will rust and even became brittle over time if not kept and stored dry [here use the protective Vaseline in your pocket for that also..]
    12]Carry both ,together they do not weigh much in a pocket.
    13] PRACTICE !

    14] Just think about it, if you can keep ONE fire [coals] protected and burning for 50 days [+?] like that guy on ALONE,[rainy,wet,windy and cold conditions] and given that you can get a potentially +_ 3000 fires out of either shown tool, then theoretically,having a fire should not be your biggest problem [though a priority] during a camp/survival crises....


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    For some reason, the attached pics are not showing up today .
    Someday I'm going to pull my life together. But that day is not today. Today I'm driving a stolen police car.

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    They work on my pc,but I've resized them and hopefully you can see them now?
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    Yes, all working properly now, thanks!

    It sounds like you've spent a bit of time in the
    U.S. May I ask when & how long ? I don't mean to be too intrusive, just curious.
    If you did spend any time over here, did you ever make it to the Southwestern portion, i.e Texas/NewMexico/Arizona? Does South Africa have anything spicy like red chile? I know that if you've never had it, it's impossible to say if you have anything similar.
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    yep,they do grow them commercially down here , but no, I've never acquire a taste for them.
    Too hot for me...
    No, but would love to visit your part of the world one day.

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    Which brings us to another nosy question... what is your weather like?
    Here in southern New Mexico , we are in an arid, desert climate . We stay warmer and drier than the majority of the U.S. What passes for "Winter" is just really starting to kick in, with overnight temperatures dipping into the mid 20F (~-4C), and our daytime highs are around the 60F (~15C) mark. Towards the end of January/beginning of February is usually our coldest times, with a normal low / high range of ~15/ 35F (-9/ 2C). These are the norms...in 2011 a Polar trough (or whatever they call it) hit and had us down to -15F (-26C). That was a rough year, and we suffered a lot of damage to equipment and flora.

    Summers here get a bit warm. It's not unusual to have 20 to 30 days straight of over 100F (~37C) temps, but our relative humidity hovers right around 10 to 12%, unless there is a thunderstorm brewing . We average 9 to 10 inches (22 to 25cm) of rain a year, and usually get 1 to 2 inches of snow a year, which is almost always melted off the following day. We have been in a pretty nasty drought for the past decade or so.

    How does that compare to your living conditions ?
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