Monday, January 3, 2011

Flint and Steel

Learning to use older technologies carries with it some degree of learning curve.

The younger one starts, the easier it is to learn.

We don't call her "Little Fire Faery" for nothing ;).

**And, while there may be the desire to believe that the pictures are doctored and that she didn't actually start the fire, she did it ... by herself ... using flint and steel. Incredible!

Our chances of surviving the apocalypse are looking better every day ;).


  1. That's awesome. How about a How To? :)

  2. Hmm ... I'll have to ask her if she's interested in writing it ;).

  3. Usually when you post about your kids, I share the post with my own children....but this time, I think I won't.

    Not that I don't think they should learn how to start a fire or fact, I think it's a great idea to teach them! But I would rather teach them outside near a fire pit. In the pics you posted, it looks like she started the fire on a carpet in your house....and the last thing I went is for my kids to think it's okay to start a fire on the living room rug!

  4. patricialynn - Too funny! She's sitting on the wood floor (which isn't better than the carpet, right?), but the fire was started on the fireproof pad in front of our woodstove ;). It was perfectly safe ... well, except the sparks flying all around the room ;).

  5. LOL It does sort of look like a carpet, though. I can JUST see the leg of the stove.

    Now I guess I should ask my burning question - just where do you buy flint and steel?

  6. Canadian Doomer - you can find them online or at most camping/outdoors stores. The ones you find at camping stores won't be as rugged as ones you can find online. Deus Ex Machina is looking for some really good quality flint and steel, and if he finds a good source, we'll be sure to share the info.

    You might also look for a magnesium firestarter, which can be found in the same places, but also at the Army surplus stores. The magnesium firestarter has a strip of magnesium molded to the striker (which is flint) and then, you use a knife to create the spark, which lights the magnesium. It's a little harder to use, though, than just plain flint and steel with a good tinder bundle (we used dryer lint).

  7. Okay - if it's a fireproof pad in front of the fireplace, I think I can share the post and clarify that for the kiddos.

    Main reason I was concerned is when I was sixteen, an eight-year old kid across the street lit his house on fire while he was babysitting (he was watching five kids, the youngest 2 months old - insane). Fortunately the kid got all the other kids out - and ran them across the street to our house to call 911. But it was still a very scary moment, and I didn't want to see it repeat with my own eight year old son.

    But then again, my eight year old is smart enough to know better.

  8. patricialynn - I completely understand your concerns. If I had that history, I would have been concerned, too, but I should mention that we would never do anything to harm our children or our property ;).

    Also, she was very closely supervised during the entire process. In the pictures, you can see Deus Ex Machina's leg (wearing the his "monkey love" pants I made for him ;). And, of course, I was standing right there taking pictures ;).

    It is true that we allow our children to use big scary knives and that we allow our children to light fires and tend the woodstove, but in allowing these things, there is always the lessons about safety and respect that go along with using these tools.

  9. Oh, I'm not doubting you for a moment. My concern was not that you guys were being unsafe (I know better), but that my children would misunderstand and do something unsafe without realizing it.

    ~grins~ my mother is a professional chef, and taught me how to safely use restaurant-quality knives at a young age. I think we both enjoyed the look of shock on her friend's faces when she would hand me a sharp knife and ask me to slice the carrots! But I knew what I was doing, and she knew I had been properly trained, so we both felt comfortable.

    I don't know that I would have James (8) or Jacob (7) starting a fire yet...but I've allowed Jonathan (13) to do so. Never had him use flint and steel though, might be something I teach him this summer if I can get permission from the landlord to build a fire pit.