'Tis better to light one candle...

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    Tom A Hawk

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    ...than to visit the latrine in the dark.:eek:

    Can you light a candle or oil lantern with flint and steel?

     
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    With sulfur spalls I make - yes. Otherwise, my night vision is good.
     
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    One could also hold the lit charcloth against the candle and melt the wax to accomplish the same (no shaving).
     
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    Tom A Hawk

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    You're right. That works better with a taper although the shavings seem to melt and flame faster. Later I'll try to show some natural alternatives to the sulfur match.
     
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    Yes I can.
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    I'd make more spalls, but sulfur is difficult to find locally. All I have is in a bottle of my Apothecary chest used for display. I found a bottle of Flowers of Sulfur in the grocery store some time ago, but no more...
     
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    Try the garden store for sulfur. I was in our local one and they had it in the garden section.
     
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    What about road flares, dis-assembled would they produce enough Sulphur to accomplish the spalls.
     
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    Road flares are a combination of compounds. Garden sulfur is a viable option - looked in the past, and even the garden variety was hard to find.
     
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    I just whip out my flask and dip the candle wick in it. Or use charred punkwood. if you blow on charred punkwood it will make a small blue flame enough to light a candle,or a fatwood splint. If you have a campfire or any coals in it then you have all you need.

    Road flares, :eek:o_O that still makes me chuckle.(not really):oops:
    I'd stay far away from them if I was smart, and I'd stay away from sulfur too unless you know what you're doing. The fumes from burning sulfur create sulfuric acid when they hit your lungs, sulfur is very difficult to extinguish when lit and it sticks like glue. Just imagine a burning glue that sticks to your skin and is difficult to extinguish while its burning your lungs.
     
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    I clear a little path way to the edge of my camp area for my midnight calls, and generally throw another stick on the fire going back to bed. Always have plenty of coals for breakfast.
    When I can I leave a candle burning.... but most of the time there is too much breeze to leave to in the open, so most of the time I can’t.
    I do keep an emergency lighter in my kit, but don’t recall the last time I used it.
     
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    If you are in a rural area, check a local farm store or farmer's coop. We needed to add sulfur to a garden and the garden store price was many times as much as the farm store. I think we picked up 40 pounds for less than 5 pounds at the local Menards.
     

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