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Help Desk / Re: any opinions on a Prius?
« Last post by wsdstan on Today at 04:13:37 PM »
Back on topic, I'm liking the toyota sienna or maybe highlander.

Here is a link I saw when I was looking at vehicles awhile back.
Fire! / Re: punk wood for fire starter
« Last post by duxdawg on Today at 03:39:05 PM »
Great posts Wolfy and Keith. Thanks for sharing.
Fire! / Re: punk wood for fire starter
« Last post by duxdawg on Today at 03:37:07 PM »
Then there are their ages.
(I have yet to systematically define terms to describe the various ages of punkwoods. Perhaps some day.)

The basic rule of thumb for aging punkwoods is how soft they are. When harder, heavier, if we can carve them (older types crumble before the knife), etc it shows that they are younger. The softer, lighter, more crumbly, etc the older. Neither the youngest nor the oldest punkwoods grow embers very well.

For CEs we want punkwoods from the middle towards, but not yet in, the older spectrum of their age cycle.

I have watched primo white rot punkwoods grow a larger, hotter ember more quickly than charcloth.
Fire! / Re: punk wood for fire starter
« Last post by duxdawg on Today at 03:33:39 PM »
They say the Inuit have 27 words for snow. We ought to have at least that many for punkwoods.

First and most importantly there are the red rots and white rots.

Red rots are for smoke. This makes them useful for smudge pots for insects, smoking hides, signal fires, etc. Reds need much more tending than whites. Left untended long enough red rot punkwoods go out.

Whites are for embers. They will not only hold an ember, they will grow it. (I call materials that funtion like this "coal extenders" or CEs.) The best of them will burn down to nothing but fine white ash with only an ember touched to one side and no other tending. The very best white rot punkwoods will catch the sparks from F&S in their uncharred state. I coined the term "NUTs" (Natural Uncharred Tinders that will catch the sparks from Flint (the rock) and (high carbon) Steel, yielding an ember) a decade ago.

Of I recall correctly, my research showed that white rots feed on more aspects of the wood than reds. It is fascinating to me that certain rots produce a very similar product to pyrolysis. Basically they eat all the stuff that doesn't burn well, just as pyrolysis cooks off the same stuff. Amazing.
Fire! / Re: Making Fire With Stainless Steel? (video)
« Last post by duxdawg on Today at 02:59:23 PM »
Interestingly some stainless steels (aka SSs) have higher carbon content than some high carbon steels. Obviously it is not the carbon that is burning in this context. No, the carbon merely allows the iron to be hardened more. That is why it can throw sparks - the iron alloy (aka steel) has to be made hard enough. While 57-63 HRC can throw sparks when used as the "Steel" in F&S, 59-60 is the sweet spot.

It's not that SSs cannot throw sparks. (Especially with non primitive means beyond F&S!!) The thing is most SSs are too hard. While I have gotten sparks off of many of SSs, they are too few and too weak to be a reliable source for F&S.
Fire! / Re: Making Fire With Stainless Steel? (video)
« Last post by duxdawg on Today at 02:48:17 PM »
Lars is awesome. Love his down to Earth style.

Calling a fresh steaming pile of bovine excrement a roast beef sandwich isn't going to make it taste any better. Go ahead if that's what floats your boat.

The link Lars himself (aka Survival Russia) provides to prove his point:

Note that it lists SK4 as a ***high carbon tool steel***. As do many other sites. SK4 is oretty close to W1, which has long been known as a great choice for strikers for F&S. Word is Silky coats their SK4 with hard chrome to make it more rust resistant. Still not SS, even then.

Most saw blades make better than average strikers for F&S. Unsurprising these do also.

Help Desk / Re: any opinions on a Prius?
« Last post by xj35s on Today at 02:35:34 PM »
My Father (88) has an electric bike. It has two lithium batteries that look like panniers on the back and a motor that drives the wheel by a belt. Old yes but he gets over 20 miles on a charge. He still pedals all the flats.

Interesting thing is electric bicycles are illegal in NY. Gas are not. My nephew has an 80cc gas and gets 150 miles per gallon.

I think the law was for NYC and it's not enforced but it's on the books still. Here in NY anything that drives under 25mph is legal for the road without license,registration, or insurance. Maybe that's the loop hole for the electric bike law?

Back on topic, I'm liking the toyota sienna or maybe highlander.
General Outings / Re: Circus mallets and sausage bacon birch!
« Last post by xj35s on Today at 02:13:56 PM »
I won a 1/2"x5" from axeprice on e-bay for $6. I want to get a large piece of fat wood for a handle and use a pin I can remove to slide the rod out an inch at a time so there's only 2" shown at any time. I just don't know how sticky the fat wood handle might get ?

The 1/2" rod drills nicely if you go slow with a cobalt bit.

*My name is Earl and I have a ferrocerium addiction...*
Help Desk / Re: any opinions on a Prius?
« Last post by wolfy on Today at 11:52:17 AM »
I agree with you on that.....100% :cheers:
« Last post by wolfy on Today at 11:44:05 AM »
^^ That had me laughing hard.^^ Not sure why. An Ipod is big like a tablet isn't it? I saw some sort of tablet at walmart that was under $70 and good size. No GPS option I don't think or I might have bought it. Android system...

My old iPad is only used in the house and is not quite as big as a common, off-the-newsstand magazine....and my OLDER smartphone fits well in my bib pocket....something that can't be said for the newer versions.  I thought I was one of the last of the stubborn dinosaurs on earth carrying a flip phone until I was FORCED to go to the smartphone.....for personal reasons I don't wish to discuss here.  The 'flipper' was actually handier to grab, open, and talk with than the smartphone, but I found it to be a GREAT tool for farmers to keep an eye on weather radar, grain prices, parts identification & machinery diagrams, taking photos of insect pests or crop diseases that I am not familiar with, but can send to the County entomologist or crop specialist for help.  Saved me a LOT of wasted time, miles and money. :thumbsup:
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