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Duct tape to help light a fire
« on: December 28, 2012, 12:14:45 PM »
I did not know that duct tape could be used to help light a fire, amazing stuff it is..
Check out this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnxIvZ4hqK8

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2012, 12:38:47 PM »
Wow, you learn something new every day. I thought I had just about seen it all with fire starting.

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2012, 12:48:53 PM »
Saw Dave Canterberry (sp?) do that a while back.  I tried it and could never get the stuff to light.  Used the exact brand that Dave said he was using, then used several different brand names of DT I had around the garage, none lit from the spark, and even the ones that I lit with a lighter didn't burn that well.
So try it before you rely on it, your mileage may vary.

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2012, 01:39:49 PM »
I don't remember where I saw it, but I've seen someone use duct tape to catch the magnesium shavings and keep them from blowing around. Then they had the high heat of the magnesium and the longer burn of the duct tape together. Reminds me that I need to put some tape into my kits...

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2012, 01:44:16 PM »
i'll be adding some to my kit and testing it. holding magnesium shavings would be very good to do.

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2012, 02:15:54 AM »
I can see it holding the mag shavings, but I tried to light some on fire and it didn't do so well.

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2012, 11:36:14 AM »
I wonder if the difficulty in keeping it lit was in the looseness of the fold?  Just guessing since this guy seemed to have no problem keeping the duct tape lit.  I'm definitely going to have to try that one.  The stuff is amazing.

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2012, 06:43:49 AM »
could it be that it should be kept standing up like a torch
so that the fire is not smoldered by the bruning plastic fumes?

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2012, 03:54:43 PM »
Maybe it's the type of DT,..  the DT I have is nearly impossible to remove from the roll..  and I have four rolls of it.

Agh..  Good to know though.. something else to practice and use.

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2012, 10:59:03 AM »
cool trick. one more use to add for the great duct tape.

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2012, 12:27:21 PM »
guess what i'll be trying when i get home?

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2012, 05:54:17 PM »
I'll be trying this also, might as well try electrical tape too.

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2013, 10:57:01 PM »
So I ran out and tried this, and it worked well enough. I'm super spoiled because I have a pine tree in the back yard, and pine needles are just amazing for starting a fire. I'm working on NOT using pine needles, just so I can get better, and because they work way better than my experience with the duct tape.
My real question, is what am I doing wrong with my magnesium? When I use it it is more of a quick explosion and some embers if I'm lucky. Do I need more, bigger/smaller filings, tighter piles, or something else? I'd go try, but I think I've burnt enough arm hair for one night  ;D

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2013, 09:45:31 AM »
So I ran out and tried this, and it worked well enough. I'm super spoiled because I have a pine tree in the back yard, and pine needles are just amazing for starting a fire. I'm working on NOT using pine needles, just so I can get better, and because they work way better than my experience with the duct tape.
My real question, is what am I doing wrong with my magnesium? When I use it it is more of a quick explosion and some embers if I'm lucky. Do I need more, bigger/smaller filings, tighter piles, or something else? I'd go try, but I think I've burnt enough arm hair for one night  ;D
you use arm hair? ewww....
you need to get the shavings in a pile of soft, nest like materials so it gets the flames going there, then move it to larger twigs/etc.

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2013, 07:12:01 PM »
Noooo silly, I was too determined and close to the fire and burnt off a good deal of hair!
Anyway, he just had a tinder pile lined up before he made his shavings? It's hard to see in the video. I saw him pile magnesium and assumed that was all he was using, rather than having a little off camera prep.

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Re: Duct tape to help light a fire
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2013, 11:41:18 PM »
Noooo silly, I was too determined and close to the fire and burnt off a good deal of hair!
Anyway, he just had a tinder pile lined up before he made his shavings? It's hard to see in the video. I saw him pile magnesium and assumed that was all he was using, rather than having a little off camera prep.
i went back and re-watched it, he used the shavings to light the duct tape which he then used to light his twig pile.