DIY fire starters

Gunnersdad49

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I have used a lot of fire starters and always come back to Vaseline soaked cotton balls. They compress really small, weigh nothing, and take a spark from a Ferro rod great if you pull them apart. They are impervious to water.

the biggest downside to me was making them. My hands always came out like a teenager with his first dirty magazine.

today I bought “cotton rounds” from the makeup area at Walmart, and tried them. I laid them out on tinfoil, dropped a dollop of petroleum jelly on them with a butter knife, and put them in the oven at 175 for 10 minutes.

worked great, no mess, no cleanup, and they burn great. This is about a quarter of one, sparked with one spark from a bic lighter.

I put them in a zip lock bag and 15 of them are about 1.5” high and 2” wide.
 

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BeardGuyBrian

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Here's another recipe -
Get a McDonalds ketchup cup.
Fill it with wood shavings, and a candle wick.
Add enough wax to hold it all together.

This will start a fire with wet wood!
I read this way too fast and thought you said McDonald's ketchup and a little wood shavings would start on fire, and I was about to be quite concerned.
 

Te Hopo

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For firestarters I use vaseline soaked tampons.
They're super compact and when you need one, just tease one end apart and light the fluff.
If dry wood is handy I'll cut one in half but if I'm trying to start a fire with damp wood, the full one burns for a good 5 mins
 

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For firestarters I use vaseline soaked tampons.
They're super compact and when you need one, just tease one end apart and light the fluff.
If dry wood is handy I'll cut one in half but if I'm trying to start a fire with damp wood, the full one burns for a good 5 mins
A fiend of mine uses tampons while sledding - he'll dip one in the fuel tank/Jerry can for about 30 seconds, and it will burn for at least a few minutes. I was surprised how long it went actually. I can see these working even better.
 

2ski

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If you want to make then more compact I pull all the air out with my vac sealer. Cotton balls compress very nice and small.
 

boliver29

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My friends wife gave a whole she soaks the round make up wipes and when she done with a scent see candle she soaked about 3/4 in the wax and the work great


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

shotacoffey

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I usually go with beeswax coated hemp. But I have cotton and vaseline too. I'm mostly talking about for backpacking, so I like to go compact. So I do this with the cotton:

You can also seal up salt and pepper, olive oil, etc in the straws for cooking as well.
 

Reloader77724

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I definitely like the Colton balls with Vaseline. Ferro rod lights them really well. Also hand sanitizers works in a pinch if you’ll use small tender to light.
 

2ski

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I definitely like the Colton balls with Vaseline. Ferro rod lights them really well. Also hand sanitizers works in a pinch if you’ll use small tender to light.
I've been carrying hand sanitizer for a number of years. Use that in conjunction with the toilet paper most carry and you have a pretty good starter.
 

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