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Storing Foil For Emergency Fire


Over the years I have observed, performed, and achieved various firecraft methods. Fire is a primary survival skill that allows us to stay warm, signal, and cook. One of these methods uses a foil gum wrapper cut into an hour-glass shape with each end touching a terminal or cap of a battery, typically a AA size. I don’t normally chew gum but I’ve found foil wrappers here and there and collect them for this purpose. Many cigarette packs have a foil seal on top of the pack that is discarded and works as well. The freshly removed foil wrapper material works best because it isn’t wrinkled. Wrinkled foil disturbs it’s resistance capability combined with delamination to the paper substrate and sometimes does not perform as well and will just get red-hot and split the foil mid-section without producing a flame.
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