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Hand drill friction fire

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  1. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    This thread is dedicated to the hand drill. Sorry @twp, but there is going to be a lot of YouTube videos in here. I have made a few embers in controlled situations, but I hope to get my skills up to the point of being able to get them consistently in the woods here very soon.

     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    This is one of the best tutorials out there.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    This is an interesting and different way to do it.
     
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  4. twp

    twp Moderator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I've done this method myself. If you don't have calluses on your hands, expect some pain.

    As always, it takes practice.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    A good video from Matt Graham

     
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  6. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    And of course, one from the master. @NWPrimate

     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I have been building calluses up on my hands for a couple months now. I snuck a mullien staulk on the boat and have been practicing for a while every day while I am at work.

    It definitely takes practice, but it is not even close to impossible.
     
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  8. twp

    twp Moderator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Let's see, making fire. Making fire on a boat. Making fire on a boat loaded with a Lot of gasoline. Ummmm...

    :eek:

    Oh, wait, you're not making fire, just making calluses, Whew! You had me worried there.
     
  9. Atlas

    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I made an aluminum hearth board with a divot, no dust, no fire. Besides reading and surfing the web there isn't much else to do in my "free" time.
     
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    Only good in sunlight, but consider a fresnel lens, at least to extend your match supply:)
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I bought a box of 20 of them, put them in every kit I own. Fresnel lenses are not the easiest way, but if you have dark punk wood and good sun light it's a viable option.
     
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    twp Moderator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I have a 12 inch square Fresnel lens as part of my larger pack. Given that we have some sun, it works very fast. It will also heat up a can of food (open it first :eek:) in about 20 minutes. No smoke but the aroma can travel.
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Wow. I am going to have to give that one a try.
     
  14. twp

    twp Moderator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    Just remember to keep stirring the contents or it will burn on the hot side of the can.
     
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    You can also cook your insects before eating them. Move it around or they’ll go up in little mushroom clouds.
     
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    AH, memories of burning ants with my magnifying glass. I did not know, then, that they were edible...
     
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    Some movie, “Bugs”?, a pillar of fire moves across the sidewalk, vaporizing these intelligent, talking, life forms at random.
    So that was you?
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I never cooked my bugs. Just eat them raw. That's the way I've been doing it since I was a little boy.
     
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    twp Moderator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    I was Shiva, casting my bolts of fire from above...
     
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    Atlas Administrator Staff Member Survival Class Instructor

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    My parents were super-freaked out about fire when I was a kid, due to an incident where my dad burned down their off grid cabin putting gas in a generator. That was just before I was born. They never let me near the stuff because of it. Not until I joined the cub scouts in 3rd grade did I get my pyro on.
     
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