One prep I find very useful this season is a fire starter kit. It’s particularly helpful when camping with a light rainfall or in the morning when the dew sets in. My experience has taught me that when tinder is damp starting a fire can be a little more difficult.
Below is a video of three fire starting methods: fatwood, fuel tablets, and a cotton ball lightly dipped in wax. I prefer these fire starters because they burn hot, are inexpensive or free, and burn for several minutes allowing me to build a fire with relative ease. The cotton ball fire starter is my favorite. It ignites quickly, last a long time, and has a long reach. Fatwood is a natural resource found in dead pine trees and can be collected during your outdoor adventure. The fuel tablet burns the hottest but is a little more difficult to light.
List of Items in My Fire Starter Kit
- Metal tin
- Matchbook matches
- Storm matches
- Matchbox Striker
- (2) Fuel tablets
- (3) Wax dipped cotton balls
- (9) Fatwood
- Ferrocerium rod
- Fresnel magnifying lens
Cotton Ball Dipped in Wax – DIY Fire Starter
4 Items Used: wax paper, candle, cotton ball, wax warmer
- Plug in wax warmer to warm-up wax warmer dish.
- Break-up candle and place wax pieces in the wax warmer dish.
- After wax has melted, lightly dip cotton ball in wax covering the outer layer of the cotton ball with a thin layer of wax.
- Then place the cotton ball on the wax paper until it drys completely.
- After it is dry, rip the wax dipped cotton ball in half to use as a fire starter. The center of it should be wax-free (just cotton) which makes it easy to light.
A good fire starting kit makes life a little easier. Having everything together in one compact package means I never have to search the house or my supplies for fire starters. I’m always ready no matter the weather to get a comfortable fire going knowing I have the right supplies.