Even if a single spark could be lucky enough to land and start a fire, would the golfer not be able to immediatly step it out. He was standing right there.
A more believeable theory is that he was smoking and threw a butt in the grass and got his friends to all lie for him.
I have a flint and steel ( the flint was found and the steel I made from an old file. It works well to ignight gas stoves and on occasion, to prove I can, I do ignight campfires with it. It is not easy. I doubt a spark could catch in even the driest grass to ignight a fire by mistake. The odds are just too high.
The theory behind lighting fire with flint and steel ( metal and rock).
The obeject is to use the really hard rock to shave a peive of the steel off and have it land on something (charcloth) that will burn easily. Because of the friction invovled the metal shaving ignites (oxidizes rapidly releasing heat). Most shavings are so small that they completey burn out before they land on your char cloth ( linen that has been burnt sealed in a metal can). When you get a big enought peice that still glows after it has landed on your charcloth you blow on it and add tinder ( I use dried vine bark.) It is very difficult ( with natural materials).
Why I don't believe the golfer.
I have never been able to start a fire without char cloth ( or an accelerant).
golf club metal is not the right type to get an ember that lasts long enough to start a fire.
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posted September 01, 2010 04:45
____ This guy sure is good, one whack on a rock and he starts a grass fire. I used to use big belt grinders, a lot like belt sanders only really big, some times a shop towel or other rag would catch fire but not that often. The two fires I caused were both from the ash falling off my cigar,
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