Paracord Core as a Fire Starter

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Perry

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This guy makes a pretty good case for using the core of paracord as a best, budget friendly fire starter. Anyone had any experience using it?

 

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Noun Sequitur

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Yes I have as a test, and it worked... at least on the brand I used. But it's kinda of an opportunity cost sort of thing. The times I've needed paracord as paracord are far far greater than the times I've needed it for a fire starter. My go to fire starter is still Vaseline soaked cotton balls. It is good to know that paracord can be used in a pinch though.
 

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I am a Vaseline-soaked cotton ball guy too. I was thinking if one were to prep the paracord core ahead of time and stash in a container it might be handy.


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Noun Sequitur

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I liked in the video that a big wad of it burned for so long. I imagine that would be a simple way to get something going if things were damp.
 

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Something about burning plastic to start a fire feels wrong to me, but maybe it's just from being in Boy Scouts. But I guess it's a small amount of plastic. You could probably burn a Ziploc bag or a granola bar wrapper to start a fire too....

I'm in the petroleum jelly and cotton balls camp as well.
 
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Something about burning plastic to start a fire feels wrong to me, but maybe it's just from being in Boy Scouts. But I guess it's a small amount of plastic. You could probably burn a Ziploc bag or a granola bar wrapper to start a fire too....

I'm in the petroleum jelly and cotton balls camp as well.
Same kinds of thoughts here as well. Plastics give off toxic fumes when combusting. For that reason I don’t like dryer lint either. There are so many good materials for this but plastics are not one of them.
 

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