|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on January 2, 2019 at 12:30 PM|
Got this Esbit stove going with a Bic at nearly 40 below 0 F...
This is a 1950s German gasmask can. Its metal with a rubber gasket. These lighters were stored in this can with a set of candles undisturbed since 2015. The temperature at the store site easily dropped to 20 below 0 and had highs in the 80s. Upon retrieving them the lighters all worked on the first strike. They were a cheap off brand and not made by Bic.
Fire on the first try....I love lighters and depend on them to a great deal. Dont be afraid to use them and depend on them. Your life really may depend on one and its not "cheating". Ive found out very quickly that most of the items you see in the tin above are pretty useless in the real wilderness.. I do however carry a Ferro Rod or two just in case. I have found that a store of lighters on my body and a couple Ferro Rods is all I need when on the go. Ive even sewn some into smocks to retrieve years later and they worked fine even after a lot of exposure. Whats more is most of my Pods contains them as well.
I'm not Jeremiah Johnson and I'm not Grizzly Adams. Those days are long gone and I see no point in revisiting that sort of hard existance if I can avoid it at any level. There are reliable modern implements that can be used by the evader to make a world of difference in your overall survival. Ill never understand the ill nature some ppl give toward lights or those who depend on them. Ive found most ppl see them as "cheating" in the big theater of show and tell on the internet. Its just not reralistic. They are extremely reliable and durable. Ive used lighters down to 30-40 below. Simply store them in a warm part of your body and you'll have no issues. If they get cold in your pocket or in a pod just put the head in your mouth, waist band or arm pit to warm them. Its really a simple reliable way to stay alive. I carry no less then 4 Bic or generic lighters on me in just my smock. A fav green one i have used for years and its still got a long life left in it.
Take note that even the Army was smart enough to axe a bow and drill from the survival phase of its SERE course..
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