Prison Match

by Trent Hardy
(Newfoundland)

If your lighter runs out of fuel or you've only got a spark, you can make a "prison match" with a square of toilet paper, or tissue or even birch bark and your cotton socks.



Pick a bunch of lint of your socks or shirt or whatever, then roll it into a loose bundle and wrap it into a piece of tissue - shaped like a match. Put the end of the lint to the lighter and start making a spark. It should catch after a couple of tries. I actually tried this one with a good bit of success.

Also, if you're gonna take a lighter with ya. Screw all those fancy "light up in a hurricane, or torrential downpour" gimmicks. Just scatter a few bic disposables through you pack. If they get wet, it's just a matter of rolling it back and forth across your pants half a dozen times and the flint will be dry enough to light again. Plus, if you lose it your out what a buck?

I actually saw this on SurvivorMan, so gotta give him creds.

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Great kindling

by Derrick White
(OEF Afghanistan)



One of the best kindling I have ever used, and it is also the easiest, is steel wool. Just hit it with a spark and it lights right up. The fact that it dries up quickly if it gets wet is also nice.

Another great way to start a fire is with, yup you guessed it, a good ol' fashioned tampon.

Its in a dry sealed package. Its small and light, and for those of us who would rather hide in the woods for a week than stay at home and listen to mother natures gripes and complaints, its kinda like sticking it to the man, but your ol' lady, for a change.

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Fire starting using a flashlight and steel wool

by Grant Linscomb
(United States)

I have a way to start an easy fire. I have use this tip on a hiking trip. You need a flash light and some steel wool. Anyway if you can go with out it you break the light bulb on the flash light.

Separate the two electrodes and put it up to the steel wool - the two electrodes have to touch the steel wool. Turn the flashlight on and the steel wool should light up red hot. This could be a good way to get your kindling to light.

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Baby light my fire

by Larry
(Palatka, Fl)

I like to find multiple uses for what I carry. One valuable resource is an old bicycle inner tube. I cut it cross ways into bands. In the Nam days they we called Ranger bands.You will find dozens of uses for these things. One of them is tender. They will burn even when wet and they burn longer than other materials. You can get them for free at any bike shop.

I would like to see articles from all of you on the many uses.

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Apache Fire Cigar

by Kyle B.

When during a fire, you should put a few pieces of coal in it. Get very fine shredded wood, much longer thicker wood, and a little more thicker wood.

Tie strong string around the very thick. Inside that the less thick, place in the hot coal, and then the very fine shavings. There you go!

Up to about 9 hours later...Take out the warm shavings and place them with twigs. Quickly blow on it and it will ignite into a fire! :) !Warmth!

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Fatwood

by survivethebc
(Calgary, AB, Canada)

Use FATWOOD and 1 match

Use FATWOOD and 1 match




I bought a package of Fatwood (check Wikipedia for more info), shaved it, and poof, an instant fire!

I was shocked at how well and how little I needed.

I used a single match with a Fatwood stick 10 mm x 100 mm. It burned for about 10 minutes. The heavy resin in the wood really lights quickly.

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The easy fire making equipment

by Craig Jackman
(UK)

Resealable tin can

Resealable tin can

Prior to going into the wilderness. Take an old cotton tea towel. Roll it up, place it into a tin with a lid, put a small hole in the lid to release the building pressure and smoke.

Build up a fire, place the tin on the fire, leave for 10 minuets take the tin off the fire and plug the whole with a sharpened stick leave for 10 minuets to ensure the tea towel is extinguished, remove the stick weight to see if there is any smoke, no smoke open the tin, take out the tea towel and carefully remove the tea towel, put the charred cloth into a dry bag.

This is now ready to be used for lighting your fire.


Prepare to be a wilderness survivor.

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Start a fire

by Nick
(Brighton,Ontario)

If you have a a cotton ball and a cigarette lighter it's easy to start a fire. Take the cotton ball in your hand and put the lighter so the metal part is in it. Press the button and the fluid while start to come out. Wait for 30 seconds.

Before doing that make sure you have a tipi made of small sticks and paper.

Now take the cotton ball and put it in the middle of the tipi and light it on fire and just stand back and watch.

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Corn chips

by Terry
(United States)

For fire starters you can use corn chips. Also, steel wool works good: 000-0000 size. For wet weather I use small pieces cut from an old bicycle inner tube. I put a piece or two on the lower half of a zippo lighter which helps the lighter to become slip proof in your pocket.

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Hand sanitizer and swedish firesteel

by Nicklas Odh
(Ed, Sweden)



Nowadays the swine flu has made everyone and his cousin to go out and buy hand sanitizer or alcogel in huge volumes and use it everywhere. Anyway, the alcogel (85% alcohol) burns very well. I use it when outdoors together with round cotton swabs or birch bark or whatever. Some sparks from a firesteel and the fire is hot and effective.

The alcogel can also be used to clean knives and other utensils and be used to clean wounds.

I do not "prepare" the cotton swabs beforehand. I might need a "clean" cotton swab and if it is soaked in bees wax, PJ or whatever it is useless.

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Great fire starter

Mix wood shavings (type of wood doesn't matter) with wax in a coffee can and mix it until its thick. Pack this mixture into a discarded toilet paper tube and add a birthday candle to each end. When the wax hardens cut the tube in half (not down the middle)and you will have two fire starters. Just light the candle wick to start the fire.

The really good things about this fire starter is it burns for about 30 minutes and it works even after its been soaked with water.

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Dryer lint

by Mark
(United States )

My simple tip is that I take empty pill bottles and pack them with dryer lint and put a few small bottles in my pack. Makes for the best tinder to start fires. Ignites fast and adds practically no weight to your pack.

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Tampon as tinder

by Teresa Sidney

ATV's or skidoo'ers should carry a tampon in their kit. When you break down and need a fire, it is great to have that tampon!

Put the tampon in your gas tank and hold onto the string. Remove tampon from the gas tank when it has been saturated with gas, then gather some wood and use the tampon soaked in gas to light your fire.

Voila starts fire right away.

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Tinder is key

by Chase
(Calgary, Canada)



First you need to collect some nice dry tinder, match diameter... Get a thicker "Y" stick and lean it against the firepit wall with the split end up... break up your tinder and lay it across the y split...Keep piling it on...

Before you light make sure to have enough fuel to add once it gets going...

Use a match or lighter to light the bottom of the tinder...

The "Y" stick keeps it off the ground so you can get under it...

Once a blaze add your fuel and get that fire roaring...

Enjoy!

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Urethane

by Jeff
(Tx.)

A friend found that hardened urethane coating burns violently. This was lit accidentally while burning leaves on the ground. He demonstrated this with a chunk that was about an inch cubed to get some wet logs lit.

I snagged a couple to keep in the truck which I only plan on using in an emergency. It's waterproof and keeps forever.

I have heard that pine knot works very well for a natural solution.

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Solid fuel tab

by Jim
(United States)




A great way to make sure you get your fire started is to use a solid fuel tab, such as those made by Esbit, along with your tinder.

They burn for at least 10 minutes and will get even damp kindling going.

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Good fire starting material

by John
(Colorado)

Dry birch brak

Dry birch brak

If you need no start a fire fast, dry tinder is critical. Put dried moss or birch bark in your pocket as you walk. You can light it with a simple spark from a flint bar.

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Alcohol pads great fire starter

by Bill Epps
(Gretna, NE)

In my survival kit, one thing I make sure I have plenty of is alcohol swabs. Besides the obvious antiseptic uses, they make a great fire starter as well. They are cheap and compact, allowing you to shove a bunch in your kit.

Just make sure you rotate new ones in on a regular basis, sometimes they can become dried out, even in the packages.

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Fat Lighter

You can look around old pine stumps and find the heart of the old tree. This will generally contain a lot of resin. It will be golden color and have a strong pine odor (very pleasant). This wood will burn very well (it also gives off black smoke when it burns).

Use this to start your fire.

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Cotton balls

by Josh
(United States)

My tip is to take some cotton balls, cover them with petroleum jelly and then stuff them into a film canister. They light easily and burn for a long time.

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Useful camping tool

by Ellen
(Santa Fe)




Fire starters are a useful camping tool. It is easy to use and much safer than lighter fluid. If you go camping with your teenagers, this is a safe way for you to teach them about starting the fire.

Place a fire starter down in the fire pit.

Cover with coal or tinder.

Light the starter and it stays lit long enough for the coal or tinder to get started.

The best part about them is that they are easy to make and you can do a whole lot of them at a time – then save them for when you need them.

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Start a fire with damp wood

by Stu Phillips, paramedic, former Cdn Ski Patrol
(Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada)

I make my own firestarter using dryer lint, packed into cardboard egg carton segments. I then melt wax into each segment until well saturated. Before the wax dries, I insert two saran-wrapped strike anywhere matches combined with one windproof match to act as an accelerant.

Each segment with this self-igniter system is cut in half, (matches in each half-segment). Each segment burns for nearly 15 minutes and has many times started fires with damp wood.

Carried in a ziplock bag, the matches are doubly protected from moisture. They also make excellent emergency stove fuel, for which I've also devised a compact stove with its own small cooking pot.

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Start a fire even in wet conditions

by Bert
(Netherlands)

The best way to ignite a fire is to use a lighter or similar and prepare your fire so it will catch immediately. The above taken into account you are bound to find yourself into a situation where these techniques will not be applicable. For instance your kindling is wet, you have no knife and have only thick sticks you can light.

What I always bring with me when I camp in wet conditions is some strips inner tube from a bicycle tire. This will burn like mad, and it does not matter if it gets wet.

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Start a fire with ice

by Paul
(United States)

Lens made of ice

Lens made of ice

If you have no matches or lighter you can use ice to start a fire. Take an ice piece in your hand and form it into a lense to magnify the suns rays like a magnifying glass.

I have done this. It does work.

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Commonly Overlooked Tinder

by Tim"Nomad" Piper
(Louisville,KY.&THE ROAD)

Cigarettes are a good source of dry tinder that are often overlooked. A smoker may feel like they are going to die if they don't have one, but if they don't give up one to light a fire they could die with one. Remember you have to keep your priorities in order.

This tinder as well as my charcloth and charcoal can all be ignited with a magnifying lens.

The last two needs to be kept in an airtight container, or they will absorb humidity.

"SAFE JOURNEY'S"

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