OB Approved How to make a great fire starter

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Thanks, some good info here. We've been using paper egg cartons with wood shavings from the chain saw and melting wax over them. Tempting to try mixing in the petroleum jelly to see if they burn longer. Also going to have to make some of yours. They would take up less space.
 
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Im a Cotton ball in the Petroleum guy...I keep petroleum jelly soaked/coated cotton balls and Small Fatwood pieces in my tinder bag. Screw a lighter if its wet its done my ol ferro rod in my knife is how I roll even if I have a lighter.
 

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Im a Cotton ball in the Petroleum guy...I keep petroleum jelly soaked/coated cotton balls and Small Fatwood pieces in my tinder bag. Screw a lighter if its wet its done my ol ferro rod in my knife is how I roll even if I have a lighter.
I do the same thing. Though now I'm curious about using the wax with petroleum jelly and a cotton ball instead of the cotton pad..
 

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I use cardboard egg carton, stuff it with dryer lint, melt some wax over it. Very reliable and easy.
But these will take up less space, thank you.
 

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So i have always been newspaper and lighter kinda person myself. However I have for the past few years been looking at keeping petroleum jelly (pj) soaked cotton balls in the kit. SO I started testing!

Dip cotton ball in pj and test that worked really good so my mind was like lets try more pj. Dipped the cotton ball in and got more pj on the cotton, tested worked a bit better. My over thinking brain said lets melt the pj to a liquid and submerge the cotton ball that should be excellent. Lesson learned you need dry cotton to catch the spark otherwise that little ball is going to be a pitb to light. Fixed that batch with wrapping the 100% saturated cotton balls with fresh dry cotton balls.

What was learned sometimes just leave good enough alone!

Now I keep half cotton ball half pj in a Ziploc bag in the kit.

I like the idea of keeping fat wood in the kit. I used to keep it in the "go bag" along with char cloth. Not sure whatever happened to all of that.

I am going to make a new batch and try the wax idea as I get my eggs from the neighbor I have no paper cartons.
 

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OK guys, we all have our favorite fire starters but you need a way to light those starters. Besides the easy way like butane or fluid lighters, matches, side people use a small torch. I found this video on youtube by the Outdoor Boys channel that demonstrates a bunch of other ways to get a spark going. I know I know there are easier ways to start a fire, but I myself plan to try some of these methods if not just for fun it's a great activity for on the trail and who knows when you might need this someday.
Here's the link:
 
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I keep an assortment of things in my fire kit. Dryer lint,steel wool,block of magnesium,birch bark I also keep the usual stuff like water proof matches bic lighter flint and steel
That's the best plan. Always have a backup fire starter method and there are several of them as you can see here. There's more than one way to skin a cat as the old saying goes.
 

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I like this...when dry how are you storing them? Im a little concerned about heat in the Jeep.
You can try storing them between pieces of waxed paper which should split / peel apart if they remelt in a warm vehicle.
 

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Steel wool, 9V battery, dryer lint. Keep each in separate ziplock bags. As long as that battery has a charge, you can get spark instantly rubbing it on the steel wool.
 

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