All-In-One Fire Starter
May 2, 2013
If you've ever found yourself in a situation where you had to start a fire in wet or adverse conditions, you know it can be difficult. Matches get wet, Bic or Zippo lighters run out of fuel or flints and, even when they work perfectly, getting wet fuel started can still be a challenge.
With this All In One Fire Starter, it's a snap to start a fire wherever you are under any weather condition. These fire starters combine an ignition source with an accelerant. They are easy to make with common materials and having them with you can make the difference between being warm and cozy or finding yourself in a life-threatening situation.
Here's a list of the materials you'll need:
1. Strike anywhere matches.
2. Cotton tissue. (toilet paper works great)
3. Candle wax.
Start by placing your wax in a disposable metal can or an old pan that you no longer use for cooking. You can place the can directly over a heat source to melt the wax or into a pan of boiling water (as shown). This way, you won't get wax on your good cookware. While it's melting, cut your cotton tissue into strips.
Wrap each match with a strip of tissue leaving the striking head exposed. By now your candle wax should be melted.
Hold the wrapped match by one end and dip it into the wax. Remove it from the wax and let any excess wax drip back into the can. In a few seconds, the wax on the side you dipped should be firm enough to hold. Hold it by that end and dip the other end into the wax.
Go ahead and cover the striking end of the match as that will ensure the entire match is waterproof. Set the first one aside on a sheet of tin foil while it hardens and repeat the process with the rest of your matches.
That's all there is to it. Place all of your All In One Fire Starters into a plastic bag or other container and you're ready to pack it in your backpack or store them in a convenient place.
When you're ready to start a fire, simply take one of your new fire starters, scrape the wax off of the match head using your thumbnail and strike it. The flame will burn for seven or eight minutes which should be enough to get your small kindling started even if it's damp. Continue adding larger pieces of fuel until you have a raging fire.
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