Fire Starting Methods – Fire Starter Kit

Fire Starter Kit

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

fire starting methods - Fire Starter Kit

  1. Metal tin
  2. Matchbook matches
  3. Storm matches
  4. Matchbox Striker
  5. (2) Fuel tablets
  6. (3) Wax dipped cotton balls
  7. (9) Fatwood
  8. Ferrocerium rod
  9. Fresnel magnifying lens

Cotton Ball Dipped in Wax – DIY Fire Starter

4 Items Used:  wax paper, candle, cotton ball, wax warmer

Fire starting methods - Fire Starter Kit


  1. Plug in wax warmer to warm-up wax warmer dish.
  2. Break-up candle and place wax pieces in the wax warmer dish.
  3. After wax has melted, lightly dip cotton ball in wax covering the outer layer of the cotton ball with a thin layer of wax.
  4. Then place the cotton ball on the wax paper until it drys completely.
  5. 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.

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5 Comments on Fire Starting Methods – Fire Starter Kit

    • I used to keep a lighter in the kit but eventually took it out. Matches are easier to use when lighting a campfire and more reliable. I have had several lighters not work. They leak or stop working after a year. Plus, they take up a lot of space in the small tin.

      • I vacuum sealed several of the small big lighters 5 years ago and last month I ran out of a lighter at 5am, so I opened one of the lighters and used it, was like it just came out of the store. I think the trick was to vacuum seal as to not let any propane escape and the little lighters hardly take up any space in my pack. So I be sealing in some more since 10 of them are a buck at the Dollar Tree.

  1. You list 9 items in the tin; however there are 10 items. What is the item in the bottom below the fatwood

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