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Yep, it's just the vapors that combust.
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I carry tampons in my pack...simple....dip em in your gas tank and you have a great fire starter.


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We like to spend one day in the summer on the mountain with our hunting packs just to make sure we have what we need and fine tune the things we carry. Might be intersting to do the same with the snowmobile stuff just to see. I carry enough stuff I should be ok for 4 weeks though.
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Way back when in the air force stationed in Italy living in a dorm. We were not allowed stoves, hotplates, or any other heating device in our rooms. Well, after enough alcohol, we figured out to cook!!! Very similar to the above method. It took 5 budweiser cans 4 full ones were used as "legs" to set a frying pan or kettle on. One empty was cut in half and filled with gasoline. Then lit on fire. We cooked steaks, fried eggs, heated up soup and beef stew, you name it like this for a year. Sounds bizzare, but is a good thing to stick in the memory banks. Never know when it may come in handy! Good thread.
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Thought I'd post up an update...

A group of us spent last week in McCall, ID. Never been there before, what a wonderful place, we plan to return many times.

Anyway, the reason for that info was this: Twice during that trip, we took a break mid-day, and built a quickie fire to keep the girlies warm. With the dry snow conditions that seem to be common to McCall, we were able to quickly gather lots of twigs and sticks that were dry, and they lit off easily with a gas-soaked tampon, and a bic lighter. So, in a climate that has low humidity, and the drier snow, it's not too difficult to find some dry tinder and sticks to get a decent size fire going quickly.

But.... for those of us in the wet and soggy climates, finding that dry tinder is much more dificult, and thus, HEAT (and lots of it) is needed to get things going. I'm still keeping my tin can in my pack, and have it stuffed with other little knick-knacks so it's not wasted hollow space.

To reply to coleman, my buddy and I have discussed going to the snowpark, riding our sleds 10 miles in, and spending the night with nothing more than what we carry in our packs on a normal day. If, during the course of the evening, we find we are unpreparred, we can fire up our sleds, and ride back to the trailer/truck, and drive home. Not a bad idea in a year like this, where snow conditions are normally crappy: this way we don't feel like we're 'sacrificing' a good day of riding to learn if what we carry will really be enough.

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Just to add....an option for overnight stay/warmth I don't hear mentioned much....build an igloo. My parents were snowmobile S&R when I was growing up and taught me alot (most I have forgotten) and as long as your not injured it really isn't that difficult and goes quickly with a couple guys. They did overnight outings for practice and when well below freezing outside, with 1 candle and 2 people in an igloo it was over 50 degrees inside.
They also had a BBQ grill,steaks, Hawaiian music and tiki torches for their outing.....but you get the idea.
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Just to add....an option for overnight stay/warmth I don't hear mentioned much....build an igloo. My parents were snowmobile S&R when I was growing up and taught me alot (most I have forgotten) and as long as your not injured it really isn't that difficult and goes quickly with a couple guys. They did overnight outings for practice and when well below freezing outside, with 1 candle and 2 people in an igloo it was over 50 degrees inside.
They also had a BBQ grill,steaks, Hawaiian music and tiki torches for their outing.....but you get the idea.
We should have a survival competition.
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One thing I carry to start fires is I collect the lint from the dryer filter. That chit starts up easy and weights nothing.
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Inside the chilli or soup can, try steel wool and lint from the dryer. All you need to start a fire is a 9v battery. Outdoor survival kit we used in the Navy was basically a tuna can with carboard wound inside of it and candle wax was poured over the cardboard. This would burn for a long time, like sterno, and was able to be stored any place. The steel wool and lint needs to be kept dry (in a plastic bag). Lots of good ideas for the "just in case, and what would you do" questions.
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