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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: Boy Scout Hot Spark survival fire styarter

The best survival gear doesn't have to be expensive. But it must be reliable and able to work under extreme conditions. One of the best ferrocerium rods for firemaking is the Boy Scout Hot Spark.
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by Leon Pantenburg
I like stuff that works. Some of these items include my Cold Steel SRK survival knife, Ruger 10/22, a Swiss Army Classic keychain knife, my Gerber folding saw and a 42-ounce enamelware cup. Included in this list is a Boy Scout Hot Spark ferrocerium rod.
Because of its reliability, a Hot Spark is included in my keyring and Altoid tin survival kits. Backup ferro rods are also scattered throughout my gear. They don't weigh anything, or take up any space, and the ferro rod firemaking technique, properly done is utterly reliable. (Check out the ferro rod firemaking video!)
The Boy Scout Hot Spark on my keyring survival kit costs about three dollars at any scout store. It has a good handle and the ferro rod is very effective. Because it is easily included and convenient, it will be taken along.
Here's why I carry a ferro rod:

  • Extreme reliability: A ferrocerium rod, when scraped with a hardened steel striker, will produce sparks with temperatures of up to 5,500 degrees. These sparks will readily ignite many forms of tinder. (Check out the video on finding tinder under survival conditions) A ferro rod is also good for hundreds, if not thousands of fires. Matches, lighters and many other methods are finite.
  • Compact and easy to carry: That means you can carry several as backups.
  • Work under conditions that would disable other firemaking methods: This is one of the
    most important reasons to carry a ferro rod. Butane lighters are easily disabled by cold and moisture or a grain of sand. Matches are unreliable and degenerate over time. Every firemaking method has some disadvantage, but I believe a ferro rod has the fewest.
Your only survival tools are those you have along! Check out the Hot Spark video review!







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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How to season cast iron on a barbecue grill

A common question among new off grid and/or cast iron cooks is "How do I season cast iron?" Here is the barbecue grill method I use, and it works really well!
by Leon Pantenburg
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Cast iron cookware will last forever if you take care of it. But what happens if an implement is neglected and develops some rust? Or what about that crusty, dirty relic of an unsuccessful camping trip you find at a garage sale? At what point does it become unsalvageable?
This stack of garage sale cast iron skillets can be restored to usefulness with a little work.
These garage sale skillets can be restored to usefulness!
Here is a quick way to re-season any piece of cast iron. Essentially, all you're doing is removing all the rust and residue, wiping down all the surfaces with a cast iron conditioner, and baking the oven outside in a hooded barbecue grill.
I've been using this method for years to periodically re-season and touch up the cast iron that belongs to a local Boy Scout troop. All these camp ovens have been used for several years, sometimes under duress and severe conditions, and they still work to help provide a mouth-watering meal!
Obviously, the more abused and rusty the implement is, the more work will be involved to bring it back into service. In some instances, I've had to take a particularly cruddy piece to an auto body shop and have it sandblasted.
But all this effort is worth it when you end up with a good piece of cast iron that will last indefinitely.
For a more comprehensive look at seasoning cast iron, click on Restoring a Cast Iron Treasure.
Check out the video below!





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