posted on Jun, 17 2013 @ 11:57 PM
I always carried along a little pill bottle of partially burnt cotton balls, a magnesium lighter, and a couple of butane lighters in a very small
baggie. The lighters are useful if you need to fix some rope, too.
I can light a fire with a bow drill, but I've got to be really desperate by that point. A few matchheads will get the job done a lot faster.
Also, you can light a nice fire by stuffing a cotton ball in the receiver of an M4, pulling the bullet out of a cartridge and putting it back in the
receiver, then firing. If you're not observing light and sound discipline, that is. The flaming cotton ball will emerge and fall right into your
kindling if you do it right. You can do this with most any rifle.
Oh, and you can also get a pea sized ball of c4 and light it with a lighter, it will start most any wood fire even if wet. Just don't stomp it out if
you like your foot with all the toes on.
eta: Our unofficial motto was: "Travel light; freeze at night" so YMMV.
edit on 18-6-2013 by Bedlam because: (no reason given)