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No, not some computer app for the lonely.  😃  I was thinking about tinder material and what would be good to use for the emergency kit with the firestick.  So I got the idea of pencil shavings, then it hit me.  How about using the shaving off cedar arrows?  The older arrows were dipped in lacquer finish.  I tested it and it burns nice.  Small tinder box with shavings and the "cut off ends" of the shaft.  

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I also have a small pill bottle packed with cedar shavings from making arrows that I keep in my pack. Works great! I also usually have some shredded birch bark in the bottom of my back quiver that can serve the same purpose if needed.
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Lotsa stuff, including fine steel wool, works as tinder.
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Anyone ever use Char cloth?   
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The best tinder imo is the birch bark. Since birch here is very common I don't need to cary it. 
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Anyone ever use Char cloth?   


Yes, I have. I made my own out of 100% cotton Monk's Cloth that I bought at Joann's Fabric. It catches a spark from flint and steel very good and with a little huff and puff, gets the tinder going. Easy to make using a small metal container with a tiny hole in the top.

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Cool deal.  I figured mountain man Ray would use the char cloth.  I am goin to have to experiment with that.
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Anyone ever use Char cloth?   


I used it and it works, but it takes an extra step to make the char cloth compared with getting something natural already "tinder ready".

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When I make arrow shafts with a doweler it creates a huge amount of fine shavings.   Got several bags if anyone wants some.   Just pay postage. 
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I used to take a soft pine board and just whittle a small sack full of shavings. I carried several small bags depending on the number of fires I expected to need. I did this when I was in the Boy Scouts, and it worked just fine.
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I always keep 2 or 3 packets in my day pack. 

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Cotton balls dipped in vasoline carried in old 35mm film bottle, or dryer lent.
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Truthfully

 paper towels folded back N forth  for abut the thickenss of 4-6 and melted parafin poured over 
 
when cooled and hardened  cut into little squares and put in small zip lock baggies

 very light and EZ to have with you
 light a corner and it stays lit like a candel 
 can light up about anything 

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Char cloth and dryer lint. I keep this in a shoe polish tin with a piece of flint. 
Tried black powder as an excellerant. Fun but, hard to control.
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I also carry a Fire Starter product.  The one I have strikes like a match and burns for 12 minutes.  It's marketed as a BBQ starter and indoor/outdoor fireplace and campfire starter but it's a great emergency tool.  Frank  
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Another option is fatwood. You can get the sticks at any Big Box store as fire starters if you don't have the trees around to harvest it. 
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Ah! Fatwood. Thanks for the reminder. Used to use pine knots as kids. When everything in the woods was wet, those things would burn.
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Jute twine is a really good source for tinder,pull apart and fluff it,It takes a spark from a ferro rod easily.
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Louied;

you are right about the Jute twine unraveled into  a birds nest-works good with flint n steel too

leave it together until needed- stores better that way- I have about 1/4" cord that I use 

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Cool (or should I say hot?) idea with the shavings.  I'm a fan of cotton balls dipped in vasaline for emergencies.  If I'm living off the land, I can usually find some dry pine needles or shred up some aspen bark.
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