Start a fire with a shotgun shell

by Dennis
(Indiana USA)

Spent shotgun shells on a rainy day

Spent shotgun shells on a rainy day

If you are in a hunting area where hunters have left plastic shotgun shells laying around. They work well in a rain storm or wet environment to get a fire started. The shell lights easily and burns very hot and will ignite most damp tinder.

I keep a couple in my fire starting kit. I was out working on my survival skills when a rain storm came through and everything was soaked. I had caught some fish for a meal but had a hard time getting a fire started until I found a couple of shotgun shells. I had a fire in no time and enjoyed a nice meal.

When I was a kid in Scouts we made fire starters using shotgun shells, kitchen matches and melted wax. When you needed a fire you pulled one out of your pocket and struck it on a rock to light it and it was water proof because of the wax over the top of the shell and match heads. This is what gave the idea to get a fire started to cook my fish that rainy day.

Note: Don't breath the fumes from the burning plastic.

Thanks for your time and effort.
Dennis


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Dryer lint.
by: Anonymous

Even better than paper ketchup cups.
Collect lint from the dryer and stuff it into a cardboard egg carton. Then pour wax over the lint into the cups. Works great.

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Fire Starter
by: Major Don

This is a good idea. I have used many a variation on the candle theme in the past. The one I use currently and like the most is to take the small paper cups that some fast food places use to hold ketchup in (usually you fill it your self from the pump on the counter). I first dip them into melted candle wax (from old stubs) when they have cooled i fill them about 1/2 to 2/3rds. full with the rest of the wax. The paper lights quickly and acts as the wick. The wax burns hot and will last for about 5 min. Because of the wax they are water proof and even if they get beat up by carrying them around, they will light as soon as the wax melts and catches on fire.
This is just a type of small candle with a large flame.

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Fire Starter
by: Major Don

This is a good idea. I have used many a variation on the candle theme in the past. The one I use currently and like the most is to take the small paper cups that some fast food places use to hold ketchup in (usually you fill it your self from the pump on the counter). I first dip them into melted candle wax (from old stubs) when they have cooled i fill them about 1/2 to 2/3rds. full with the rest of the wax. The paper lights quickly and acts as the wick. The wax burns hot and will last for about 5 min. Because of the wax they are water proof and even if they get beat up by carrying them around, they will light as soon as the wax melts and catches on fire.
This is just a type of small candle with a large flame.

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Shotgun Shells
by: Anonymous

I have heard of starting fires with shotgun shells with the powder in them. But the ones you mentioned, are they empty ones with no powder in them? If they are full then stiking a rock with one will start a fire for sure. Thank you Very Much for your posts. I appreciate it!

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plastic/rubber fire starters
by: Nomad

A person could also use any type of plastic bottle if there are no shotgun shells available. I had to use a small strip of innertube once, a farmer had split it and covered a car battery with it for his electric fence.( I only used enough to start my fire and left his battery covered ) I had gone canoeing on a 20 degree day and flipped a few times, I was totally soaked. With a fire going I was able to strip down and dry my clothes before finishing my trip.

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