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Is keeping gasoline in a plastic waterproof match container a good idea for starting a quick fire when needed?

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  • #16
    Hell no!!! use sock lint or vaseline covered cottonballs.

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    • #17
      Absolutely not. Use that space for cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly. Will be much much safer, burn longer and works great.

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      • #18
        I just wanted to make one correction to the above. The back of a stainless steel knife in fact does not produce sparks when used with a natural flint as in the old flint and steel method of fire starting. It must be high carbon. However stainless steel or even broken glass in a pinch can be used to scrape a spark from a ferrocerium rod such as is on the magnesium block fire starters. The best scraper is tungsten carbide such as the handy sharp knife sharpener or a carbide paint scraper blade. As far as the magnesium blocks, I haven't found them to be that useful. If there is any wind at all it will blow the shavings away faster than you can scrape and if you use Vaseline saturated cotton balls you don't need it anyway. If the cotton is not too saturated and you fluff it up a bit it will start just fine from the sparks from a ferrocerium rod. I prefer the bigger ferrocerium rods without the magnesium block. One warning about the ferrocerium rods is that it's my understanding that salt water will corrode them away, though I can't vouch for that from personal experience.

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        • #19
          whatever happened to keeping a rolled up newspaper in your sleeping bag or pack

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          • #20
            Gasoline, lighter fluid, etc. is volatile and evaporates into explosive fumes until gone. The only petroleum product I could endorse, and do whole heartedly, is petroleum jelly (vaseline) smeared on cotton balls.

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            • #21
              if you want to increase you odds of having problems, sure go ahead

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              • #22
                no

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                • #23
                  No gasoline but you can have this one:
                  http://www.amazon.com/FastFire-Tinder-Refill-Pack-White/dp/B004XXVJU0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413658277&sr=8-1&keywords=fast+fire

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