What’s camping without a fire? No s’mores, no camp songs, no charred hotdogs! No fun! Besides the reasons listed, fire can be essential to your survival. Following are five common household items that will start a fire.
1. Toilet paper roll, drier lint and newspaper fire starter
Fill your old toilet paper rolls with dryer lint from your clothes dryer’s lint trap. Wrap newspaper or junk mail fliers around the toilet roll. Tuck the paper into the ends of the roll so lint does not come out. Keep these fire starters stored in an old coffee can or in waterproof plastic baggies.
2. Cotton ball soaked in Vaseline
Thoroughly cover a handful of cotton balls in petroleum jelly or petroleum-based lip balm. Keep the coated cotton balls in a waterproof plastic bag or in a waterproof match case.
3. Wine corks
Start collecting your wine corks in a tightly sealed glass jar. Fill the jar with rubbing alcohol, allowing room for the corks to expand as they absorb the liquid. Use one cork to start your kindling.
4. Wax-coated cosmetic cotton pads
Melt left over wax from burned out candles. Dip round cosmetic cotton pads into the melted wax to coat. Let the cotton pads dry on paper and then place them in a plastic bag or small waterproof case. To use, scrape some of the wax and cotton from the center of the cotton pad to form a wick. Place the pad on your tinder and light. Note, you may have to repeat this scraping process if the pad does not light.
5. Steel wool and a 9-volt battery
Quick prepper tip: Always keep Bic lighters even after they run out, as they will still create a spark.
What is your favorite way to start a fire? Share your tips and tricks in the comment section.
For more about fire starters, read the following posts:
- 30 Days of Preparing… DAY 24: Five Survival Reasons for Knowing How to Start a Fire
- Survivor Skill Set 101: Building a Fire
- Quick Prepper Tip: Start a Fire in a Flash
- Emergency Fire — Anywhere, Anytime, Under Any Conditions
- Easy to Make and Take Fire Starters
Suzanne Wiley started shooting at a young age when her older brother bought a Marlin 60 and taught her to shoot. She took to shooting and developed a love for it when she realized she was a natural with a .22 LR rifle at summer camp. As an outdoor adventurer, she enjoys camping, fishing, and horseback riding. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter and the modern-day prepper, and is a staff writer at Cheaper Than Dirt!
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