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Post #1  Post subject: Fire is heat, and heat is life!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:32 am 
Bryan Hendricks, Outdoors Editor of the Demo-Gazette, reflecting on the recent death from hypothermia of Craig Strickland, lead singer for Backroad Anthem, wrote last week how a 50 cent cigarette lighter may have saved his life.

Bryan wrote, "In any survival situation, the objective is to make it one more hour, and then one more hour after that. That is a minute-by-minute proposition, but making heat and shelter are the major keys to survival.

If you can make and fuel a fire, you can maintain your body temperature, which will get you to the next minute, and the minute beyond. A fire of sufficient size and duration will allow you to dry your clothes and get you to the next hour, and the hour after that.

That's why I always carry a lighter and tinder in a resealable bag whenever I go afield. It's a failsafe item in case I have to spend the night in the woods. Fire is heat, and heat is life."

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Thanks for such an important reminder Bryan.... :thumbup:

We should all remember what Bryan said and not hesitate to take his advice.

I don't smoke but I carry a cigarette lighter in my pocket in the winter woods. And although I don't spend any wintertime hours on the water anymore I still carry one in my life jacket. What I don't carry is tender. But one of my Christmas gifts this year was a couple of small key ring sized magnesium fire starters that you shave part of them off to use for highly combustible waterproof tender. So after reading Bryan's article above, those 2 fire starters will definitely share space with my survival lighters from now on....

Does anybody else take hypothermia seriously enough to always take steps to help them survive a day or night in the cold or wet? Or are you like I was at one time before I almost bought the farm one cold and lost winter night in the deer woods, and regard hypothermia as something you just hear about and don't ever prepare for?

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Post #2  Post subject: Re: Fire is heat, and heat is life!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:40 am 
i have basic firestarter, compass, fast wound coagulant and skin super glue, a plastic body bag, with me every time i am outdoors. last year i learned my cell phone galaxy 5 is waterproof to 3 meters. the gps function is invaluable if a fog sets in. i was on the mississippi river below vicksburg duck hunting and a fog set in. that was before gps and i learned how useless a compass is in the fog on the water. You cannot see or hear the tows on the river and their bow wave is 6-7 feet tall!


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Post #3  Post subject: Re: Fire is heat, and heat is life!
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:01 am 
I usually carry a lighter at least. Zip lock for phone & such when fishing


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Post #4  Post subject: Re: Fire is heat, and heat is life!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:54 pm 
I don't but should.
WW as for tinder, I understand cotton balls soaked in Vaseline works great. Also pieces of candles and crayons will light and burn for a while so you can pile on wood. The one magnesium fire starter I have says to shave of pieces into a pile. I always wondered, if your freezing and shaking, how can you get this stuff to pile up without scattering it?


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Post #5  Post subject: Re: Fire is heat, and heat is life!
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rmcmurry wrote:
I always wondered, if your freezing and shaking, how can you get this stuff to pile up without scattering it?
Good point rmcmurry....

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Post #6  Post subject: Re: Fire is heat, and heat is life!
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:30 am 
There is also a lot of differences in the very cheap China made magnesium fire starters and the better ones. I've played with both and the better ones are softer and easier to shave the metal off of. They also seem to ignite easier. Any would beat none in an emergency, but a couple of extra bucks could make a difference when you really need one of these.

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