The ability to make fire is one of the essentials of survivability, and having more than one way to make a fire is just good preparedness.
Within my fire-starter (Ziploc) kit, I generally keep the following items:
While a BIC type lighter won’t work reliably under all conditions, it is by far the simplest and quickest way to get a fire started.
Strike Anywhere Matches
I fill one of those small stick-match holders (waterproof) with ‘strike-anywhere matches’ as a backup to my lighter.
Diamond Match (Strike anywhere)
This ‘magical’ rod will shed sparks onto a pile of tinder while firmly scraping down its edge with the metal striker that comes with it, or your knife, etc..
Magnesium Fire Starter
Emergency 2-IN-1 Fire Starter & Magnesium Fuel Bar
A Tea Light Candle
This little candle will burn for several hours and could be lit first under wet conditions to help with a consistent flame to get a tinder / kindling pile burning.
Unscented All Purpose Tea Light Candles
Vaseline Coated Cotton Balls
Simply smear some vaseline on a few cotton balls for a nice little ball of fire when lit. I keep pre-smeared cotton balls in a small sandwich bag (to keep the goo from getting on everything else) and I keep that bag within the Fire-starter kit Ziploc bag.
Firestarter Stick / Square / Puck
They sell various types and sizes of ‘fire sticks’ that when lit will burn for awhile, plenty of time to get some kindling going.
Fire Starter w/ 30-min. Burn-time
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What’s in your fire starter kit?
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