Unique Items in my daily carry fire kit
I was digging in my fire kit and found a couple things I dont use much because I have my lighter. I should probably take my own advice about gear sometimes, but I get in the habit of using my lighter.
The first is my fiero rod and striker. I have one in my fire kit, E&E bag and BOB.
I also have a piece of plastic water hose, with a 2 inch section of copper tubing inside. Its 1/8th inch pipe, and its my blow tube. When you strike a small ember into a tinder bundle, you have to blow on it to make it flare. With a blow tube, you strike your spark, and direct air onto the ember. Its much more efficient than blowing your ember off your tinder, and makes the fire flare that much faster. Always keep the end with the copper pipe on the fire end, so you dont melt your tubing.
A bag of cotton balls soaked in Vaseline pretty much guarantee a fire if there is a decent supply of small burnable available. I have used 4 cotton balls with Vaseline as fuel for my Kelly Kettle and though it was slower than normal it did work
A trick Ive learned about tinder bundles and fire making. It took me many years before I learned the real trick of fire making. You need twice what you think when building a fire. I like a tinder bundle about the size of a volleyball or basketball to really get a flame up quickly. You really need this when you are shaking or in a hurry for a fire, and then a pile of small wood at least the same size, so the flame gets plenty of fuel and bigger wood takes as well.
The second thing I’ve found most don’t carry is a section of 15 minute road flare. Cut one into thirds, tab a piece of duct tape so you can yank it off in an emergency when your hands are shaking, ignite it with a butane lighter and place in tinder pile for a pouring rain fire starter.
Safety tip here- Do not try cutting a flare with any sort of power tool, either outside or in the shop. Common sense here, but a sawzall , chop saw, table saw etc is a bad idea. Funny to watch, not so funny to be holding