Practice. Lighting the fire flint.

After reading and seeing how ignite fire flint and satisfied with the fact that the temperature of 3000 C. sparks decided to simulate the situation need to fire ignition. Especially because many authors argue: Flint does not become wet and can make a fire even in the rain, it’s timeless and matches the number of uses to 12000. Should say that Flint was invented long ago, when people did not live in such high latitudes. Its easy to use when dry and warm, and around a pile of combustible materials.
Well, I bought a big tourist Flint (Expedition) and went in the December 10, 2011. Sleet and outdoors in general was damp. Naturally any extreme situation will not wait for the established warm and dry weather, and will be the summer. And why not in such conditions?
The task was simple — to heat water in a pot and cook pasta noodles with stewed meat to obtain a kind of soup.

Practice. Lighting the fire flint.

Practice. Lighting the fire flint.

In theory, all is well, come take a dry rub or birch bark, struck and voila! Bonfire lit, toss firewood. But in practice, faced a number of problems — the lack of dry fuel. What lies — he brought raw snow that hangs — in drops of water and snow. Clever article say carry tinder, but in my opinion this insanity, newspapers for ignition can wear, but do not rub in the «sealed container.»

Practice. Lighting the fire flint.

Practice. Lighting the fire flint.

Here are the options. It would be best to find an abandoned building, it would be a shelter from the rain and snow and a dry fuel would be easier. Left position of dry brushwood, dry a little bit under your clothes. Just tucked under your clothes a certain amount of firewood and dry it quickly. Yes unpleasant, but not aesthetically pleasing, but something had to be done. With birch bark do the same, put it in his trouser pocket, there has evaporated within half an hour. Made of thin plates air almost added as moss recommend smart benefits.
And …
After many unsuccessful attempts since neither of which never happened. Tried many combinations. Sparks fell on birch bark and moss, even put a few leaves, but alas — cold and damp. Maybe not enough bark dry out, but feels very dry. Sparks fell somewhere, even the sound of something quickly flashed and burned.
Next, built a fire in the usual way: the newspaper, brush and then stick a little bigger.

Practice. Lighting the fire flint.

Practice. Lighting the fire flint.

Practice. Lighting the fire flint.

Practice. Lighting the fire flint.

The source of the fire was the usual lighter Cricket. She coped with its task. Newspapers, and on them part of the dry twigs and then that was it. Bonfire was the problem and I have done.
Conclusions:
1. Putting hiking, urban shoes and not even such small pohodiki. A big surprise that winter, a well-established urban shoes suddenly wet as soon as I stepped off the asphalt. Previously, this was not.
2. Before putting any tool bag or disturbing NAE, we must first learn how to use them confidence.
3. Use exactly those tools which best know how to handle. For example, in place of newspapers often use plexiglass or rubber strips, but I’m comfortable newspapers.
4. Underwear is a miracle of modern industry, and it is very practical.

P.S. Topic in a few days will be moved to the «picture story, photo, output in the field», it is placed here because of the largest attendance and usefulness of this section will be higher.
Text of comment would like to see this kind:
I enjoyed / or when not used flint. Further comments, tips, reviews it.d.
Why do so — because I want to hear advice application error Flint is from people who have practical experience in its use. And just wondering, how many people of the respondents used the flint.

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