My Favorite Fire Starter
From Field and Stream - Feb/Mar 2017 issue - Colin Kearns
The bright idea to wrap this lighter with duct tape came from a Field and Stream Reader Tip that we ran back in our June 2008 issue. Duct tape has approximately 1,003,281 uses, but rather than carry a whole roll, reader Ben Wagner suggested wrapping several feet's worth around a lighter. As soon as I read the tip, I prepared this one, and I've kept it in my fly fishing pack ever since. I've used it to light cheap victory stogies, and make on-the-water repairs. I now know duct tape also makes for fast-catching tinder.
When you need survival heat fast - Make a duct tape fire:
Out of dried bird's nests tinder fungus, and cattail fluff? Join the club. But surely there's a roll of duct tape nearby, and where there is duct tape, there is life. While you can't build an all-night blaze with nothing more than the sticky stuff, you can get enough of a fire cranking to dry and burn even wet wood. Start stripping.
Step 1 - Make a tinder bundle by stripping a 10-inch length of duct tape into thin 1/16" strips, and wad these very loosely into a softball-sized nest. A hot spark thrower will ignite this bundle, but don't fire it up yet.
Step 2 - Twist strips of duct tape into tinder sticks 6 to 8 inches long. The adhesive side catches fire more quickly, so be sure to have as much gummy surface exposed as possible. You can make tinder sticks as large as time and your tape roll will allow. But a better idea for larger fuel is to wrap a few real sticks with tape. Rough it all up with a knife to increase flammability.
Step 3 - Light the duct tape tinder bundle and feed the unnatural flame. Cheating? Heck, yeah, but doesn't it feel great to be alive?