Fire Roll technique

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ruediger nehberg describes this method in his books, using cotton wool and (cigarette)ashes-- I daresay other cotton wool-- like natural materials might work, too...... . and ashes can be collected from a campfire (you need fire to create charcloth, too)


maybe not as a regular method but would be good to know this as a backup........
 

Grey Owl

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It is very like other fire starting methods, mostly parlor tricks and stunts. Once you know any primitive method, matches and lighters become pretty attractive. On the other hand, they build ones confidence and improve your skills regardless of the methods you choose in the end.

However, I have been experimenting with splitting boards out and using natural materials. So far I have had success with shredded inner bark of Balsam Poplar and wood ash. It works with natural materials, certainly more prep with the bark, but it works.
 

Chekmate

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I've seen the fire roll before but always with milled lumber and in a controlled environment. I thought neat trick, but no practical application. After watching Wayne's video doing it in the bush. Now I want to learn this skill.

Keep Your Tinder Dry
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I've seen the fire roll before but always with milled lumber and in a controlled environment. I thought neat trick, but no practical application. After watching Wayne's video doing it in the bush. Now I want to learn this skill.

Keep Your Tinder Dry
Chekmate
Not sure who's videos you've been watching but boggycreekbeast has been doing this in the field with all natural material for a few years now.
 

Tiley

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That's looks like another worthwhile technique for lighting a fire. Yes, you may need two flat surfaces for the rolling/ember creation but that's not totally impossible. An interesting addition - many thanks for posting.
 
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Cool - never seen this before. Seems like a lot less effort than other friction methods if you can find suitable materials :)
Less effort definitely. Tim (boggycreekbeast) says this is a complement to other methods. He still practices other methods but states this is by far the easiest. I have seen him make embers in under 1 second. Although he shuns the notion of speed he has video's to back this up. He likes to practice in nature and routinely uses rolling surfaces that require no preparation i.e. Tree Bark, Stones or combinations of those two. Stones: [video=youtube;RRrph4aK0Bw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRrph4aK0Bw[/video]
Tree Bark : [video=youtube;Oruoqsqa0lk]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oruoqsqa0lk[/video]