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Orange Peels, Part 2
So last week I posted a video of the orange peels I put in the fire.
I crushed the peels into a rough powder with my pestal and mortar. Today, I'm going to try using the powder I've made as a tinder. I'm not sure if this will work or not.
Method #1 - Lighting it with a fire steel. I'm not using the magnsium, just the sparker. I have started fires with this device before and it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. It is a matter of practice and method. Most days that I tried it were windy - that presented a challenge.
While the crushed up peels did catch fire, it was short lived and not intense like it was in the stove. I put it in my least favorite cast iron pan because the fire danger around here is still high - and kept a pot of water close by.
I put a little straw underneath the pile and the straw caught fire, but the oranges did not.
Method #2 - The Good ol' Fashion Cigarete Lighter - Again, failure.
The bottom line with the peels is that as a whole, they ignite well. I thought perhaps by crushing them up, they'd act a bit like magnesium and light easily. I was wrong. My thought is that when I dry the peels out and throw them in the fireplace, they still have the vains of the peel intact. In those vains, I believe, is some sort of citric acid, which I'm supposing to flammible when dry. By crushing this vains, perhaps I realeased whatever it is that ignites so well.
So, I feel that an orange still has a place in bushcraft. To bring one along for lunch isn't much trouble and, if you're travelling a few days, drying the peel out by the fire and using for kindling the next day isn't a bad idea. I feel like I've failed in this experiment, but I guess it isn't failure - someone had to try it to know it didn't work that well. And that someone was me.
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel........out.