Hi folks, it's Jack from the Bushcraft on Fire Radio
Show, Thursday's 8-11PM EST part of the ATS Live
family of shows, and I had the opportunity to get OUT for a couple of hours this afternoon for some dirt time, fresh air and enjoying nature, and I
thought I would share with the fine folks here on ATS...
It was a short hike from my parked car, camera in hand, observing the change from winter to spring, identifying wild plants, edible, medicinal, and
toxic, if you are going to learn, and it takes time... a long time.. I am into my 4th year of learning the plants, and no better time than the
spring IMO to get back to learning.... but I digress..
I wanted to start a small fire with available tinder, kindling & fuel, and whilst checking out the surroundings, I stumbled upon a downed 6"
diameter tree, with bark shedding in a way that reminded me of all the birch bark videos on YT, I took a small bit and lit it with my lighter, and
lo and behold, it burned much the same as the valued birch bark, that I have never found in my area. I looked in the immediate area, searching for a
live version of the downed tree to no avail, 100 yds in either direction.. nada... So I had nothing to compare it with, anyways, I decided to try
and ignite some of this bark scrapings with a ferro rod, and IT WORKED!!
Here's a picture of the bark, in case someone can recognize it:
I gathered and processed the necessary materials, used an existing pit and here's how it looked:
Close Up, mystery bark, tinder, kindling
My ignition source was a ferro rod and a modified bayonet as the striker..
Here's the development of the fire:
Kindling stage 2
Fueled and sustainable!!
Now that the fire was good to go, over the winter I have been putting together some off the wall stuff, mainly utilizing, or retasking things to
help complete missions on the survival level, call it being cheap, frugal etc, no worries for me, if I had to buy all the stuff folks are
selling, I would be homeless but well prepared
I simply refuse to go that route, and find it much more exciting to take what already exists,
and turn it into tools I can use to accomplish the same stuff folks shell out $$$ for.. case in point, a mentos canister, and a nice thick strip of
cotton material from a 100% cotton placemat...
Mentos Can small hole in bottom accomplished by center punch
Toss into Coals with Cotton inside
Leave in Fire until there is no more flame or smoke from the can
side by side charred vs uncharred
While I set the mentos char can back to work, I had the opportunity to try out the new char with, for me, a new method.. utilizing a reflector from a
trashed Ozark trail 6v lantern bttry flashlight...
Thin piece of fresh charred cotton and reflector
Did it work?
Like a Charm!
Granted, this method requires sunlight.. I had plenty today, and this method works just as well as the mag lens, without the blinding effects of
trying to pinpoint the focal length of the mag glass... for me at least, it's a keeper
Here's a scenic shot of where I spent time this afternoon
The mystery tree where the wonderful bark came from is the one you see laying across
the scene, yes, I gathered up this resource
I was also fortunate to spot some Morels as well as the false morel:
FALSE MOREL ..danger
Thanks to all who made it through this lengthy process, I hope you enjoyed it, and invite you to join us on Thursday evenings for the Bushcraft on
Fire Radio show on the ATS Live
family of shows...
Here's to everyone being able to GET OUT THERE soon!!!
edit on Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:33:50 -0500 by JacKatMtn because: sp