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start a fire

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:35 am
by ConnieD
Here are two easy methods to start a fire:





The Fresnal lens used are sold as wallet-size plastic cards. It must be at least 5X.

If your hands are not steady, it may be propped in a split stick.

Re: start a fire

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:09 am
by zelph
The fresnel is dual purpose, I like it.

I wish the sun shone every day for at least a few hours. :D

Just my luck my needs for a fire would be on a cloudy day :mrgreen:

Re: start a fire

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:26 am
by ConnieD
Here is more fire starting, once you have the materials assembled.



I like the looks of the Strike Force Fire Starter. It includes a Wet Fire in that "tinder" compartment.

The Blast Match is not one-handed operation for opening the case around it. I need to use a fingernail.

Re: start a fire

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:06 pm
by ConnieD
I saw a YouTube video explaining it is better to have the Fresnal lens grooves on the side toward the sun, for best performance.

In one YouTube video, if you have charcloth, it doesn't take much sunlight for it to work well.

I wonder, would a 5X Fresnal lens plastic card ignite WetFire :?: :geek:

Re: start a fire

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:18 pm
by zelph
I wonder, would a 5X Fresnal lens plastic card ignite WetFire
On the next sunny day give it a try. Maybe try some weber charcoal starter also while you're at it. Thank you for your test results. :D

Re: start a fire

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:41 pm
by ConnieD
I don't have commercially packaged charcoal. I don't want the chemicals.

If I did BBQ, it would be mesquite wood. This is something I learned in California.

If I were in Washington State and I had a salmon, I would use alder wood.



I do have a 5X Fresnel lens plastic card. I had to find out about it. It does work.

I have WetFire. I will let you know the results.

WetFire shelf life is 3 years: I had better "get right on it". :)

Here, in Montana, we have sunshine at minus-F temperatures.

Re: start a fire

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:57 pm
by zelph
The charcoal starter looks like wet fire.

Re: start a fire

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:13 pm
by realityguy
There are people on You-tube that have compared the two and it appears the only difference seems to be $ and $$$.The Weber stuff is a LOT cheaper at about $3-4 for TWENTY-FOUR(?) CUBES at Lowes and Home Depot.I guess it depends if you want to pay for a "name" or not. ;)

Re: start a fire

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:34 pm
by ConnieD
I haven't been to Lowe's or Home Depot, that would be 200+ miles distant.

I thought you were talking about a bag of "charcoal".

Do you have a picture of the Weber product?

Re: start a fire

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:42 pm
by realityguy
The "product" appears identical as "wetfire" but twice as big(Hmm..cut in half?)
http://compare.ebay.com/like/1406753561 ... s&var=sbar