The most sustainable method is flint, steel & tinderbox fire lighting Silverclaws.Hi, can the more experienced hands here please tell me what they in their experience and practice consider to be the most useful/successful non lighter or match fire lighting method under UK (mostly damp) conditions ?
In my scouting days, we used to dry out a piece of softwood and dunk it in a bucket of paraffin for a while, usually over night to make some useful all weather fire lighters to wonder given as you said what fatwood is, folk could make their own using paraffin or somewhat similar..........While I love fat wood (resin impregnated pine), it isn't easy to find in the UK.
Yeah, my question specifically mentioned UK conditions as in usually damp to some degree or other, because ideally 'we' need to be fully capable on soggy days of which I guess is the real rest of improvised fire lighting.I'd have to agree with Ferro rod for modern day fire lighting, you only have to watch History channels 'alone' I haven't seen a contestant that hasn't had a ferro rod. I think it has a lot to do with dependability in all weather conditions tbh.
But I am an advocate of the above from Le Loup, charred punkwood and flint and steel combo works great, better than charcloth IMO. I've used this method loads over the last few weeks and it's great. Just not in the rain yet!
In the UK, the silver birch suffers from idiots stripping bark and scarring the trees. Fallen trees, great, but newbies tend to have seen or read something about taking bark from standing trees and it not hurting the tree . Not here.
Also, for long term storage, I have found that birch bark is both bulky, and prone to becoming crushed and dusty as a result if carried for a long time. The fat wood is good in that it is dense and carries both compactly and durably. Other man-made or processed tinders can also be durable for long term carry. Most natural materials I have used are better for collecting for use that day, or maybe that week.
The other advantage of using flint, steel & tinderbox, besides it being sustainable, is that you learn far more about plant & fungi tinders, kindling & rocks. I taught my boys how to use flint, steel & tinderbox when they were about 4 years of age, & they still have their fire-bags. There is really no skill involved using modern fire lighting methods.Yeah, my question specifically mentioned UK conditions as in usually damp to some degree or other, because ideally 'we' need to be fully capable on soggy days of which I guess is the real rest of improvised fire lighting.
As it is I have both old (flint and steel) and new (ferrocerium) methods , it's just I have not used these skills for a hell of a long time and I now find myself in the position of having to teach a newbie to it all. To have at least in the last hour discerned my pupil needs a softer ferrocerium rod than the one I have for advice on ferro rods to be my next question.
But thanks for the reply, thanks to all of you.