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ok need to ask, why soak cotton wool in vasline?? to water proof it or does it help it burn???
Both! It does lengthen the burn time and if you put enough vaseline into the cotton wool will waterproof it aswell.
does the cotton wool still take off a spark if its soaked in vasline??
Yup, you just tease a piece of the cotton wool out that will be covered in vaseline. It takes a spark really well. The only down side is making the stuff, what a mess!!!
The vaseline makes it burn for much longer...it is petroleum jelly after all.
Vaseline and cotton (100% pure cotton) makes super tinder. I have read where some people have had difficutly using it but they either were using some synthetic cotton or had way too much vaseline on the cotton.
A wood chip, vaseline/cotton and maya wood ready to spark.
Set to pull the steel back...
Spark away, works every time.
Transfer the chip to the firepan and get ready for tea.
I usually take a cotton ball and a blob of vaseline, press this into a tin, add a pulled out cotton ball, press, add vaseline, add cotton, press...etc. Really pressing down on the cotton as I build the layers. Excess vaseline squeezes out and you have a container filled brim full of perfect tinder.
my favorite tinder bar none. my possibles pouch always has a film cannister full of the stuff in it.
Excellent stuff. The easiest way I've found to make them is to melt the vaseline, then drop a pile of pure cotton balls int the mix so they are completely saturated. Then using a pair of long forceps, pull a cotton ball out and put it in a garlic press and give it a squeeze. This makes a nice cotton ball that is not overly saturated.
But no matter how much vaseline you squeeze out, it will still be greasy. That's why I am also a big fan of Tinder-Quick fire tabs. These will catch a nice spark, burn well, and you can store them loosely in small kits without worry that they will get the rest of your kit items greasy. The perfect tinder for mini kits where space is tight.
cheers for the tips, nice knife in the pics by the way what make / model is that??
Then using a pair of long forceps, pull a cotton ball out and put it in a garlic press and give it a squeeze. This makes a nice cotton ball that is not overly saturated..
Anyone else use vaseline for cooking ?
That is a Nick Wheeler AKS scandi ground knife. I have an article on this one and a similar flat ground knife here:
Nick is a young knifemaker who lives just a couple hours south of me. He made the OSF knives too. His work is superb.
do you have a price on the one in your pic if you dont mind me asking??
what kind of blade is it?? ie size and length??
Take a look at the article I wrote on that knife for details. There was no price at that time so you will have to contact Nick Wheeler for that. He meant this to be a blade kit knife sold by Alpha Knife Supply, but I am not certain if that project has launched, but the knife itself or one like it can be had from Nick.
cheers will have another look