Quickest Way to Start a Fire

Quickest Way to Start a Fire

Building a fire may look easy but for most people it takes some practice.  The quickest way to start a fire is with a fire starter!  Fire starters are designed to start quickly, burn hot, and last for a couple of minutes.  This allows tree branches that are placed over the fire starter the time and temperature needed to catch fire.  There are many fire starters to choose from.  The best way to determine which works best for you is to try a few of them.

Start a Fire Steps:

  1. fire pit
  2. fire starter
  3. ignition source
  4. tree branches
  5. logs

Quickest Way to Start a Fire

Below is a video of three fire starting aids:  fatwood, fuel tablets, and a cotton ball lightly dipped in wax.  I prefer these fire starters because they are inexpensive and burn the longest allowing me to build a fire with relative ease.  I use the cotton ball fire starter the most because its the cheapest.  Fatwood is my favorite!  It smells the best and doesn’t leave a waxy residue in your fire starting kit.  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.

The best part about fire starters is that it doesn’t take a lot of materials to make a good fire. As you can see from the video above you’ll need spark (ferrocerium rod) or flame (match) to ignite the fire starter. Once the fire starter is blazing build a tepee or log cabin over the flame using twigs and branches. Lastly, adding logs to the fire will provide the best fuel for long-lasting hot fires.

Fire Starting Kit

Quickest Way to Start a Fire - Fire Starter Kit - fire starting aid

One prep I find very useful 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 firemaking can be a little more difficult.  Here’s a list of the items in my fire starting 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

Quickest Way to Start a Fire - 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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6 Comments on Quickest Way to Start a Fire

    • 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.

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