Sunday, 25 March 2007

Coke can fire starter

I have been meaning to try this for some time and at long last spring brings some fine weather so i dug out my can that i polished during the winter and some char cloth and within seconds the char cloth was throwing a heated party, i then tried some kitchen and toilet paper but without success (will try again early summer).
I did cheat though, i didn't use the chocolate wrapper as it was scratching the tin (probably rubbing too hard), i used brasso wadding which brings the can to a mirror finish within 3 minutes (i then found out that brasso wadding is well worth having in your survival tin as it lights instantly with one strike from fire steel), i also tried fine wire wool and silver polish which did the job nicely. This method of starting a fire should be written in all survival books, a simple aluminum can could be a life saver with this bit of knowledge.

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