Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Flammable Fritos

A few days ago Russ Roca mentioned in an online forum that he'd really grown fond of Fritos. In response, someone commented that they are not only tasty, they make great emergency kindling. This in turn prompted me to draft my son Eric into shooting this video of me verifying that Fritos are, in fact, rather flammable. The easy way would be to just use some matches, but that's not how I roll. So here in all it's unedited glory is me starting a fire with my Swiss Army Knife, some Fritos, a scrap of paper and a Magnesium Fire Starter. The witty banter reveals the great respect my son has for my efforts.


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23 comments:

Kelt said...

Two minutes to a full flame with no time spent collecting kindling is pretty good. Probably faster than setting up a stove and lighting it. If you had to burn Fritos, you probably didn't have a stove with you anyway. Good to know!

PP said...

Hmm so what I can take away from this is fritos make good kindling and the small boy has never had the occasion to start a fire in his life

Jim G said...

I'm assuming you can use the Fritos to boil water in your JetBoil? ;)

Kent Peterson said...

I use a Kelly Kettle, not a JetBoil. But yeah, Fritos work great in it.

MichaelR said...

But we all know RealMen(tm) would reach for the hip flash, pour out a quarter dram of Everclear(tm) and have a flame in 15 seconds or so.

It's how I light my charcoal grill. Nice aftertaste too.

Kevin said...

Loved the Jack London "maybe if you were more well read" dig back at him. Nice. =)

Loganenator said...

Great video Kent! :)

I can't take credit for the idea mentioned to Russ. I saw it on an episode of Les Stroud's Survivorman. Great bit of knowledge to remember though. Anything oily will most likely burn awhile given a radiant flame. :)

Bob said...

Hi Kent!

A while back you gave us a profile of Peter and promised to do one of Eric in the future. Given his commentary perhaps you are having trouble coming up with something good to say about him?? ;-)

Bob

Ben said...

As much as it made me cringe to see you wrecking the blade on your knife, the commentary was priceless :)

Ben in Louisville

Bradly Fletchall said...

I saw Les Stroud from the show Survivor Man use this trick.

jodycb said...

I have heard you can make a candle from spam because of all the fat. I bet it's delicious odors would attract bears though.

Daniel Yuhas said...

"Stay with me, Fritos" was priceless! Thanks!

will said...

Wow. That is a handy fact.

Fritos are one of the most pure foods found in gas stations, only made from corn, corn oil, and salt. No preservatives or weird flavor chemicals. A good choice when the choices are few.

alex wetmore said...

I expect to see you using Fritos in the Kelly Kettle next time we go camping.

Dan Turner said...

The TSA is going to be scrambling now that you've posted this video. No longer will you be able to stuff your briefs with Fritos before a flight.

Cap said...

the best part is your patience with the young man offering up all the blah blah blah...way to hang in there dad!

kfg said...

Back in the day of TLA president LBJ I discovered this simple fact in an interesting way:

I put some in the toaster oven for too long. Whoa! Hey! They put on quite the impressive display.

Fortunately for me at the time the maternal unit was away, or there might have been some hell to pay.

I can't say that I've made use of this information day to day, but I suppose it could come in useful at some point; you never can say.

Cute vid. Perhaps you could get sponsorship from Frito-Lay.

Ciao!

Steve said...

Ditto on the Jack London comment. I showed this to my oldest son and he replied, "Yeah cool, it works. We did it in chemistry."

Youth is wasted on the wrong people.

Steve in Central CA

Mindy said...

After seeing your frito video, I came across a similar tip in an issue (Sept '06) of Backpacker magazine. It says "Brazil nuts are both a hearty appetizer and excellent fire starter. Their oily meat burns like candle wax, and they're packed with enough calories (190 per ounce) to kick start your trail mix.

Who knew?

Filings from the bench said...

The bag of unopened fritos does double duty as a "pillow" for the semi-burly man in all of us.

Wouldn't suggest you continue to use the large brick of magnesium to scoot the burning pile of fritos back onto the paper bag, though!

Way to save those left over fritos for the starving children in China, Kent.

Word.

Dan O said...

Interesting survival trick - though I think I'd eat the Fritos instead.....

Bikejuju said...

Aaaah parenthood.

Dan said...

This is pretty damn impressive, I never would have thought Fritos would be handy when camping! Puts a whole new spin to the traditional party snack food...which reminds me, and a little off topic, but is anyone interested in the superbowl this Sunday? I work with cars.com and if you're one of those guys that gets a crack out of the commercials, check out this one! It'll air during the game, but I've been allowed to leak it to you all now :)

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