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Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Wayland, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. Herbalist1

    Herbalist1 Settler

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    thanks for the reminder Wayland - my grandparents used the burning sheet of newspaper up the chimney too, I'd forgotten all about that.

    I still use the knotted newspaper to light the fire - don't see the point in buying firefighters when these work fine. Often use them to light the Kelly kettle as well but I've never tried them as the sole fuel like Toddy has. Will have to give it a go - always got plenty of old newspapers hanging around.
     
  2. boatman

    boatman Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Do they still sell Imps for clearing soot out of flues? Basic material in them was saltpetre.
     
  3. Goatboy

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    Aye the local ironmonger still had little fire imp packets when I was in last month. High percentage of working fireplaces here.

    Sent via smoke-signal from a woodland in Scotland.
     
  4. Tonyuk

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    I don't think we have too much to worry about. Vaping may catch on here but there are still plenty of other countries where it isn't that popular, so you will be able to source cheap lighters from there. Ebay will always have plenty coming from china anyway for cheap.

    Tonyuk
     
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    i guess it will not really effect me- i have'nt lit a campfire with modern methods* since 4years and recently even used a bowdrill to light a candle.... .my main means of firemaking is my"raku raku striker" and a piece of flint from my last trip to OZ over 2years ago-- the "L"- word is actually forbidden around me:cool: ! (during my childhood matches were used to light wood/coal stoves (=for heating) and the gas stove in the kitchen but gas stoves these days come with in-built piezo starters... . i met a woman in korea last year who was actually not even able to use a "L....." anymore- despite burning all sorts of garbage outside in the mornings)


    *= no ferrorods for me...
     
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    I'd better keep smoking.

    Don't thank me, I like to help out now and again.
     
  7. Hibrion

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    Of course newspapers are on the way out too!
     
  8. Wayland

    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    Now that's a good point...
     
  9. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Funny you should say that, we have to ask the neighbours to save theirs for us (along with egg boxes, jam jars and wine bottles).

    They are getting used to me explaining how recycling is bad for the environment :)
     
  10. Herbalist1

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    doh, now I'm going to have to start hoarding newspapers like some obsessive nutter!
     
  11. Hibrion

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    I find the I pads just don't catch a spark as well ;)

    I'm always grabbing old magazines etc. to put down when dying leather as it's ages since anyone has bought an actual paper.
     
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    You need one hand to hold down the knob on the gas stove.

    No flint and steel for me, at least not until I grow an extra arm.
     
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    By the time we run out of lighters, the gas most likely is gone too, Tengu, so no need to worry about that. ;)
     
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    :35: made me smile that.
     
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    or you could try using your toes for the knob;) or use those thingy-things used to start gas welders....


    afterthought: even i admit that bowdrill does not work for starting gas stoves:naughty:
     
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  16. Wayland

    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    Flint and steel does though..
     
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    Is there a secret hope behind these types of threads, that we get to experience some sort of societal collapse in our lifetimes? :) I know I do, as callous as that sounds.
     
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    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    Personally I'm happy with our modern society, it's doctors and medicines have saved me and my loved ones lives on a number of occasions.

    I suspect that we may harbour a secret smugness that we could cope without some of the luxuries that most have come to depend on though.
     
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    Brain fog. Ive just remembered why all mine are safety matches, because thats all they'll let you on the aircraft with.
     
  20. boatman

    boatman Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I really enjoy post-apocalyptic novels and read loads but have no hankering for a walk through a blasted landscape with or without biters after my blood. Of course, on the water or in the woods etc. one can feel like the last person on Earth and enjoy the passing experience. I suppose it is a sort of Experiential Futurism similar to what is known as Experiential Archaeology. Means of ignition are important elements always. Passage in John Christopher's The World in Winter where our hero is in the British Library and one of the few remaining chilly scholars asks him if he can give him a match, showing that he had an empty matchbox with striking surface. The request was denied even though he could have helped and felt guilty.
     

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