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primo tinder

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:25 am
by cadyak
I have been making my tinders for a long time out of two inch round cotton facial swabs. They always work, they are very light and burn forever. It takes me about an half an hour to melt the beeswax(75%) and vaseline(25%), then pour the liquid into a can that I have the whole pack of swabs stuffed into and let it soak completely through. While they are still warm I then roll them into pencil sized rolls. The rolling part takes a few minutes and is probably the most labor intensive part.
I was at the dentist a couple of days ago and noticed those very dense cotton rolls that they use. They are exactly like the bomber tinders that coghlans sells. I have used the "emergency" tinder before and they are very easy to spark up and burn really long.
I found the cotton dental rolls available for 10.00 for 2000 of them and ordered me a box. they are long enough to be cut in half like the coghlans ones. This should last a little while.
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Re: primo tinder

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:24 pm
by zelph
I have read that beeswax can be rendered into a solution with mineral oil. Here is a link that will give instructions on how to doit. I don't think it will harden up in cold temperature. Tampax also works well as a cotton wad to absorb the bees wax solution.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAn ... x?id=26893

There is also a product available at fabric centers that can be used, I think it's called "welting" comes in different diameters. and is sold by the foot.

You'll have enough tinder for a looooooong time :D

I've been having good luck recently using paper and top lighting.

Thanks for the good tip!!! :D