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8/30/10 9:47 AM
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EasyTapper
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So recently I've started camping with my son. I've decided to forgo matches and lighters. So I'm doing good with flint/steel/magnesium.

Now I'm ready to take it up a notch with just using wood, and doing it the old fashioned way. I'm probably going to use the hand drill method. Finding suitable wood for the drill and especially the fire board seems like it's going to be difficult. Any suggestions or advice?
8/30/10 5:02 PM
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LeroyJ
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Depends on where you live & what grows around you.

Rule of thumb, the shaft should be straight. The base should be some sort of softer wood. Cedar works great around where i live.

the hand drill will kill your hands. I'd start with a bow first, then graduate to the hand drill.

Practice it at home a bunch before you take it to the field. It might be a very cold night if you can't get it going when it's wet & windy.


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