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Posted: 12/13/2013 5:31:54 AM EST
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Why buy that stuff when you can just make your own Vasoline and cottenball firestarters? You can literally make hundreds from a jar.
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Originally Posted By Waldo:

Small bottle of plain purell.
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I was taught that a good tool does more than one thing.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 1:03:44 PM EST
PJ cotton balls work well but if you want something that'll burn longer and is about the same size, use Esbit tablets. They are made from hexamine. (The US military replaced hexamine tabs with trioxane because hexamine gives off formaldahyde when burning. Not that trioxane fumes are safe to breathe.)
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Originally Posted By Waldo:


I think .mil has switched to an alcohol gel. So, you might as well save yourself some $$ and just carry Purell instead of trying to buy the .mil gelled stuff on the market. It's pretty spendy.

Coghlans still sells hex. As a side note, it's useful for treating urinary tract infections.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7028634
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Originally Posted By Waldo:
Originally Posted By Dave_Markowitz:
PJ cotton balls work well but if you want something that'll burn longer and is about the same size, use Esbit tablets. They are made from hexamine. (The US military replaced hexamine tabs with trioxane because hexamine gives off formaldahyde when burning. Not that trioxane fumes are safe to breathe.)


I think .mil has switched to an alcohol gel. So, you might as well save yourself some $$ and just carry Purell instead of trying to buy the .mil gelled stuff on the market. It's pretty spendy.

Coghlans still sells hex. As a side note, it's useful for treating urinary tract infections.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7028634

Yup, the trioxane bars are now obsolete. One thing I never liked about the trioxane bars is that if the packaging got even a pinprick, they'd go bad. That's not a problem with hexamine tabs
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