Let me start by saying I am a couch potato , an a really big one at that , have ZERO experience camping and/or any outdoor activities but earlier this year made the decision to start being more active and to learn basic outdoor skills , after extensive internet research ( had plenty experience on that ) came across this forum and I've been learning from you guys , thank you for sharing your knowledge
So I decided to give a try to fire making , little step here , little mishap there , slowly but steady my skills are improving , even though I am at a basic level ( what the heck is a fire piston ?) went out today to my local river to paddle , buying a kayak was my first step toward the outdoors , and after being hit by a hurricane and many , many days of steady rain and constant flooding there was not a dry stick on sight , all the wood was soaked , so what better chance to try an make a little fire ?
I use a folding stove found trough a link from the forum ,since I am not sure an open fire is allowed around here and it has worked really well so far , it uses so little fuel I always end collecting more than necessary , but this time everything was soaking wet ! so I grabbed my Pendleton Lite Hunter and tried batoning a few branches of drift wood , it worked great ! even trough it was drift wood and it was soaked it was not a problem to get to the dry wood inside , the Pendleton works flawlessly on branches up to two inches thick and even on a piece of two by four lengthwise , then made a few feather sticks and started everything with a dryer lint and vaseline ball , in a couple minutes my fire was going strong , this may sound so basic to most of you guys with plenty experience , but for me , today was the Holly Grail
No doubt my skills will improve , I will keep taking notes and trying your techniques on my own ; next step ferrocerium rod !