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Straw

Kiwisailor

Les Stroud
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Hi, stuck on Survival capsule due to very heavy rain and wind, hence lots of posts due to boredom, ( mine, hopefully not yours).
Over the years travelling and living in and on Islands in the tropics, there are a couple of things I ALWAYS carry in day pack.

One thing is a recycled alloy tent pole.
Whoopdee do you say...

It is great for supplying air when fire starting with wet wood + excellent for drinking coconut water. Simply drill hole with knife and suck it up..

No mess, fuss or loss of water.
Brilliant even if I say so myself... (y)
 

Mozzie

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good idea Kiwi, i have a telescopic tube for fire starting, it was one of them metal back scratch things, i took off the mini bear hand scratcher part and kept the tube section, never thought for coconuts tho (y) these things are cheap as at most $$ stores

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Chigger

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I made a couple of fire blow tubes out of bamboo garden stakes which work well. Saves getting smoke blown back into your face when using a tinder box.
 

Kiwisailor

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good idea Kiwi, i have a telescopic tube for fire starting, it was one of them metal back scratch things, i took off the mini bear hand scratcher part and kept the tube section, never thought for coconuts tho (y) these things are cheap as at most $$ stores

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Now that's a good idea.
Collapsible is plus...
Have considered recycling a car antenna but the last section is solid.
I can remember years ago, assholes were covering them with polishing compound, working them back/forth until they would flick out.
The tip would be sharpened on angle and used as a whip like a ASP Baton.
Nasty !
 

Aussie123

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I'll resurrect an old thread here ….

You can even make your own straw in the bush from Common Reed (Phragmites australis) ….

 
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