Fire Starting Kit: Pixy Stix Fire Straws

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Fire Starting Kit: Pixy Stix Fire Straws

Postby ktimm » Wed May 15, 2013 11:37 am

This is a terrific blog post by Nathan Coleman on creating an inexpensive, lightweight fire starting kit

http://seekoutside.com/giant-pixy-stix-fire-straws-in-an-altoids-tin/
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Re: Fire Starting Kit: Pixy Stix Fire Straws

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Re: Fire Starting Kit: Pixy Stix Fire Straws

Postby mrbillbrown » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:34 pm

Just stumbled across this post. Any first hand experience by guys that have made these?
Thanks in advance, Bill
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Re: Fire Starting Kit: Pixy Stix Fire Straws

Postby alann » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:32 pm

They have worked for me in the few times I have tried them. The Vaseline and cotton did not seem to need much of a spark to ignite and burns reasonably long.
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Re: Fire Starting Kit: Pixy Stix Fire Straws

Postby Stuart » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:25 pm

Interesting, I gotta try that
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Re: Fire Starting Kit: Pixy Stix Fire Straws

Postby kevhans » Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:33 am

Have used these for 2 or 3 years now and am very satisfied with them. One thing I learned was to not get the entire wad of cotton over saturated with vaseline. Doing so seemed to make it difficult to ignite. What works better for me is to saturate about half the cotton with vaseline and leave the other half dry. Works for me!
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Re: Fire Starting Kit: Pixy Stix Fire Straws

Postby Wilderness » Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:24 am

So how long do they burn on their own?
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Re: Fire Starting Kit: Pixy Stix Fire Straws

Postby kevhans » Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:33 am

I've never timed them and can't give you an honest burn time. I can however say that they burn plenty long enough to get the tinder and kindling burning. Does anyone have a more concrete answer?
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Re: Fire Starting Kit: Pixy Stix Fire Straws

Postby alann » Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:00 pm

I just tried a single cotton ball saturated with Vaseline. It burnt for three minutes and ten seconds. A fire straw made from a two inch pixy stick and two cotton balls burned for right at six minutes.

The single cotton ball burned with a consistent flame. The fire straw burnt slow at first then increased to a large flame and ended by returning to a small flame.
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Re: Fire Starting Kit: Pixy Stix Fire Straws

Postby kevhans » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:07 pm

Thanks, alann.
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