We posted on our Facebook page:
Jeffrey Scott Wise posted below: “So its our first camping trip of the fall season this coming weekend. I want to try the Swedish fire torch, but looking for something else to give a try. We will be truck camping, but I love to learn and try new tricks .. anyone have anything?”
Some comments we received:
Comment #1: One of the easiest man powered fire starting techniques in my opinion is the pump drill. It takes a while to set up but worth it in the end. If you are just looking to make a fire period you can always use potassium permangomate and glycerin. But PLEASE make sure to watch some videos on this technique before trying it. It doesn’t take much. But no matter what you end up trying remember to be safe. A camping trip will suck with burned hands. And as we always say on ours page, Good Luck and Happy Camping!
If you have never used the Swedish fire torch, I would plan on a backup method. It took us a couple of tries to learn how to regulate the heat. It’s good to practice so you know the heat output from different types & drynesses of wood as it
vastly affects the outcome. I recommend cooking meat at first since you can do it over high or low heat… And not eggs like I did. There may even still be trace cremated remains on my cast-iron skillet!
Comment #3: Try starting a fire using a 9 volt battery and steel wool.