Jul 31, 2010 at 12:55 am #1261736
Have been playing around w/ wetfire in my backyard. Have found a couple things:
1) Can't light it w/ firesteel, need lighter.
2) Big chunks don't stay lit
3) No way does it burn ten minutes as claimed in their promo video.
Mind you, these are ideal conditions I'm testing under… No wind, warm, concrete floor, dry, etc.
Is it my technique that's off? Or is the product overhyped?
What are your experiences? For those of you who have had successful experiences, pls share technique. Thx!Jul 31, 2010 at 1:03 am #1633677Jul 31, 2010 at 1:07 am #1633678
@antigLocale: Pacific Northwest
As you can see, Mark lights them in like 2 seconds. It's all in the technique :)
You can have it easier on yourself if you put a little bit of hand sanitizer on the tablet and take your firesteel to that.Jul 31, 2010 at 1:10 am #1633681
Wow, looks great in your video. My experience is so different, I wonder what gives? Somehow got a bad batch or something?
What makes me wonder if it's really a technique issue is that after I got tired of trying with the fire steel, I used a butane barbecue lighter on it. It did light (after holding the flame to cube for a second or two), but it was just a blue flame on the surface that fairly quickly went out, without even burning the whole cube…Jul 31, 2010 at 1:12 am #1633682
Trick for me when lighting was to scrape a little bit off with your firesteel and place that on top, try to strike that directly.
CheersJul 31, 2010 at 1:13 am #1633683
Ok, going back out to the yard to try again.Jul 31, 2010 at 1:14 am #1633684
Will wait….. :)Jul 31, 2010 at 1:20 am #1633685
No luck. Again, went to the barbecue lighter after failing with the firesteel, cube lit, but then quickly went out, not completely burned…Jul 31, 2010 at 1:27 am #1633687
Sounds a bit weird, perhaps you do have a dodgy batch.
Are they dry? They should feel oily. Are they brittle? They should be like a warm biscuit (making some now), easy to break but still soft.
They should burn out completely and leave you with a black rusty shell, you can see that in the videos.
I have a few I could send up there, free, but I think postage would be a deal breaker for you.
CheersJul 31, 2010 at 1:42 am #1633689
Double post, sorry.Jul 31, 2010 at 1:42 am #1633690
Pls send biscuits, will send postage ;-)
Cubes are dry rather than oily, break easily but not soft. Maybe they're just too old. Gonna go look for some new ones tomorrow, see if that makes a difference. Your video clearly shows it works, so gonna try some new ones.
Thanks for the insights…Jul 31, 2010 at 1:47 am #1633691
No probs John, let us know how you get on.
MarkJul 31, 2010 at 2:31 am #1633696
@antigLocale: Pacific Northwest
It didn't work with the hand sanitizer method? Then, there is something seriously wrong with the tab!
Mark, I will take some of those biscuits as well. I hope they're buttermilk.Jul 31, 2010 at 8:52 am #1633736
@joefishLocale: All Over California
They definitely do have a shelf life, as I once found out the hard way. A fresh one should light right up with a lighter and burn in the rain.
As for firesteel use, I hate to say RTFM, but if you read the directions it says to scrape them apart into bits. In fact, if you're just using it as tinder, 1/4 tsp of flakes will get a fire going in dry conditions.
I have started a fire with a whole cube and a little heartwood kindling in moderate rain.Jul 31, 2010 at 10:02 am #1633745
Bob BankheadBPL Member
@wandering_bobLocale: Oregon, USA
Contact the manufacturer and return them. They'll know what's wrong.
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206-965-9659Aug 2, 2010 at 9:24 am #1634206
@elf773Locale: Vancouver, BC
Worked like an absolute charm. Put a bit on bark once, tiny wood slivers another time, strips of a cigarette pack twisted and all lit first try.
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