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Posted: 12/7/2013 6:44:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/7/2013 7:00:35 AM EST by droland]
This guy has a bunch of videos that may help in survival mode.
Here's one of them. What do you think?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwQJ-3pZfwc

Here is something else helpful to starting a fire.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Makaciz3Xc
Link Posted: 12/7/2013 7:30:05 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/7/2013 7:44:35 AM EST by AR-10]
I watched the first video.

It was well made. The technique is not something I have seen demonstrated before, although I'm familiar with the concept. He went into enough detail to make it educational without boring me. I think I could do what he did, because he showed me what NOT to do as well as how it works.

I may try this later today.
One and a half thumbs up! I'd give it two, but I don't have that many to work with.

ETA;
I tried it real quick. The spot I focused on wasn't pure black. I wasn't steady enough to keep the beam focused long enough. The paper got warm, but no smoke. I'll have to try again later.

My life didn't depend on whether or not it made fire, so I lost patience. Probably didn't help that I called my wife into the room to watch my wizardry.
Link Posted: 12/7/2013 12:22:40 PM EST
In the wild, sometimes a fire gets started by a drop of rain caught in just the right place.
Me, I will stick with a Bic lighter. Always have one, never need one.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 8:18:25 AM EST
Very cool
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 9:07:38 AM EST
That is so freaking cool. I assume it wouldn't work well in the winter as the sun's rays are far less intense than in summer.

AV1611
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 10:19:20 AM EST
That was worth watching, thanks for posting!
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 3:07:42 PM EST
This, boys, is why I keep an 8-1/2 x 11" fresnel lens in my BOB. I keep it wrapped around my fuel bottle for my stove to protect it, weighs grams but starts the hell out of a fire anytime there is sunshine.
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