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What happens when you are out camping in the middle of the woods and you need to start a fire but all of your matches are wet? You don't want to wait around for them to dry because it is getting dark, and they might not even work. What do you do? Well, if you had some flint, your problem would be solved.
Knowing how to start a fire using flint is very useful and can save you a lot of trouble. Unlike matches, flint can be used in almost any situation at almost any time, and you don't have to worry about your flint getting ruined if it gets wet.
 
 

Step 1: Materials

Here is what you will need to start a fire using flint:
-Flint
-A pocket knife (Only if your flint does not have a scraping tool)
-Small kindling to get your fire going (Paper, cardboard, dry grass, and small dry twigs all work well)
-Larger fuel to keep your fire going (Sticks and eventually logs, once your fire gets big enough)

<p>Good instructable. I just tried this with paper, then with dryer lint. Both burned well though the lint smelt bad, probably some hair in it.</p><p>I think you meant dry &quot;tinder&quot; instead of &quot;kindling&quot;. </p>
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Unclear. Second your opinion. Using magnesium shavings into a tinder bundle creates a night burning point aiding in greater chance of damper material catching. <br><br>If you have got this to a T then try Iron Priorities. Found on beaches. Has a spark temp of only 200C
Oh, and one more thing. When I first got my flint rod, I could hardly get a cotton ball to start, then 4-5 months go by with a little practice, and I was able to grow a little ember into a fire. I still am far from mastering it, but it is very fun when you get it to work.
How did I not see this before, I was looking all over Instructables for something just like this. I don't know if you already said, but flint and steel does take a lot of practice, and getting used to. I also learned to use any kind of &quot;fluffy&quot; plant, like the tops of milkweed, there are these pods filled with the best fire steel tinder on earth.
I have the same starter! Great instructable. Not to be a snitch but i'm pretty sure it's magnesium shavings, not flint.
what you are using is a magnesium bar,and the shavings are that of magnesium not flint,otherwise not bad.
Oh ok, thanks! That's what I was thinking it was, I figured it wasn't flint, but I wasn't totally sure. Thank you.

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