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Flint & Steel and Dryer Lint 5 months 2 hours ago #17388

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I was working on a "Flint & Steel" fire making demonstration for the Boy Scouts and read that instead of "chard cloth", the lint from ones clothes dryer is good for use as tender. A small pile of lint will catch the sparks from the flint & steel and can then be coaxed into a flame by blowing on the spark. Well, I'm here to tell you the first time I showered some sparks into the lint from the clothes drier… It caught fire big time. It burst into flame within seconds.

Conclusion:
Yes you most certainly can use dryer lint. Dryer lint is an extreme fire hazard, which is why connecting the exhaust vent to the outside world, and not just letting it pile up between the dryer and the wall, is actually important.
Why let the truth stand in the way of a good fish story?
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Flint & Steel and Dryer Lint 4 months 3 weeks ago #17389

I've been saving dryer lint for this purpose but I've never actually tried it. Maybe I should pull out my Sparkie Fire Starter and give it a try.
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