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Step 3: Fire Plough

Fire Plough
This produces its own tinder by pushing out particles of wood ahead of the friction. Step One Cut a groove in the softwood fireboard, then plough or rub the tip of a slightly harder shaft up and down the groove. The friction will push out dusty particles of the fireboard, which will ignite as the temperature increases.
<p>Anyone can produce a heat source (sparks, burning coal) in any weather conditions. The trick is to convert that brief heat source into a sustained fire. Even the experts like Cody Lundeen have failed to produce a sustained fire when conditions are bad and have spent miserable nights in the wild as a result. The lesson there is two-fold, that shelter is your number 1 priority in a survival situation - NOT fire - and that you must practice, practice, practice. The technique you use is dependent on the materials available so don't focus on just one. If you're new at this, I would recommend watching the TV series Dual Survival and Alone as well as YouTube videos on the various techniques. Some videos are better than others but you'll quickly learn which are which.</p><p>That said, I'd like to register my vote for my #1 spark/coal EXTENDING method and that is a char tin (think Altoids or chewing tobacco tins). Forest fires produce char material that can be gathered (dried if necessary) and carried in that tin. Even if you're using friction techniques, dump that smoldering coal into your char tin and blow away - you've got a mini coal fired forge! Once you've produced your firstfire, it's easy to make your own charred material for your tin to keep it full. Check out video FYEnrb or search for &quot;The truth about flint and steel + unspoken tips&quot; on YouTube.</p>
<p>This is a great article.When you're standing in the cold outdoors with no lighter,it would really help to have tried some of these things ahead of time.Once at 15 below at night,my Bic wouldn't light,and my propane heater tried to light,but couldn't.I've tried to improvise a plough fire starter,but dry wood and wood type are critical.A man usually has shoe laces or a belt to work with,even if he's caught unprepared,but it really helps to know where and how to identify usable materials before he freezes,and how to quickly use them.</p>
<p>The built-in striking blade takes off enough material to start a fire but will not cause excessive wear, can be flipped over to show a fresh striking surface. Wetfire tinder is typically composed of paraffin wax, which is immune to moisture and a flammable, smokeless material.. <a href="http://patriotdeal.com/collections/all/products/flint-firestarte" rel="nofollow">http://patriotdeal.com/collections/all/products/flint-firestarte</a>r Use this code &quot;PD10&quot;and save 10%.</p>
<p>check this out</p><p>https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.studika.firecraft</p>
Cool instructable! If you were in a cold climate which would be your favorite choice or choices of primitive fire methods?
<p>Some organized<br>thoughts of firemaking Developments , time line for interested history<br>bushcrafter buffs ;-)</p><p>Primitive<br>Fire skills =(before 8th Century BC) = </p><p>.................................Handdrill and Bow Drill fire making</p><p>................................Stonefire making (flint on flint)</p><p>............................... Fireplough </p><p>............................... Firesaw </p><p>.............................. Lightning. </p><p>................................Charmaterial<br><br>Classical Fire skills =(iron age 8th century BC Europe) <br>.............................. ParabolicMirrors/Reflectors/BurningMirrors(Ancient Egypt-Present) </p><p>.............................. Metaltinderbox with Flint &amp; Steel</p><p>............................. <br>Magnifying lens (13th century by Roger Bacon) </p><p>.............................. Matches1805 </p><p>.............................. Flintlock Lighter 1823 <br><br>Modern Fire skills = 1900-Present date</p><p>................................BicLighter (1973 ) </p><p>................................FerroRod (inventor Carl Auer von Welsbach 19th Century) </p><p>............................... FresnoLens (mid 19th century French physicist, Augustin Fresnel) </p><p>...............................9v Battery/radio transistor battery (1950's)&amp; SteelWool (1890's)<br>................................Glycerin (1940's) &amp; Potassium Permanganate<br>( 1950's)</p><p>Cheers ;-) </p>
<p>match or a lighter maybe</p>
It was a primitive fire starting instructable
This is an awesome instructable. However, it is copied almost directly from this article (except step 6): http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/survival/fire/2006/10/seven-ways-light-fire-without-match?photo=0#node-1000014415 <br>Maybe you should cite it so you don't get in trouble.
charcloth is not actually set on fire, throw some in a metal container and then throw near fire to produce
There are actually a few ways of making char cloth. One is to put a cotton rag or material such as a piece of blue jeans into an airtight metal containder and put it in the fire. Another is to burn it and then stomp it out when it's a dark brown color.
Correct, the point is to burn off some of the carbon so that it <em>doesn't</em> combust. To set them on fire is a silly and&nbsp;inefficient&nbsp;waste of material. But, the author can do whatever works for him.&nbsp;
A magnifying glass isn't primitive enough for you?
Hmm, didn't know they had magnifying glasses during paleo times.
If your speaking to me a magnifying glass is about as Sherlock Holmes as I wish to get, but no, it's not what I would call primitive.
Might be hard to have charcloth without the fire first. In that case conk works, it is a tree fungus you can pick off the side of a tree and split open. It will hold a spark and smolder. It varies in appearance, but I find it most consistently on birches and beech trees. Google some images.

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