Illustrations and television shows that depict individuals rubbing 2 sticks or stones together do not really reveal how hard the actual friction for getting the fire up and started can truly be. When you are striving to live, you do not have time for old and mostly outdated systems.
There are many choices of fire starters on the market, and they are for the most part pretty cheap; but you should select something that is easy and offers longevity of use. However proficient you are, you want something that is not difficult so any member of your family, both old and young, can make or take care of a fire.
Many survivalists know that cotton balls which are generously coated with petroleum jelly may be utilised as fire starters. The petroleum keeps the cotton ball burning. The cotton balls will burn for a number of minutes, if it is fully coated.
Here is my waterproof matchbox. With all the accessible fire starters out there now, matches have become far inferior in virtually every way. However, these little tubes are quite ideal for storage. It merely makes sense to make use of it to keep tinder. This kind carries 15 of my “tinder tubes”, which are just petroleum jelly cotton balls jammed into cut up drinking straws.
You can also pre-soak little twigs which you see in the woods in lighter fluid. Keep these stored away from heat in a separate container, and when you need to start a fire, these twigs can be set alight quite readily. You will want waterproof matches or a cigarette lighter, but do not forget that these will not last long unless you’ve a good supply on hand.
Some survivalists make their very own fire starter with drier lint that is packaged and coated in wax. These can work much like a cotton ball. You will need to be sure to package these carefully so they don’t get wet.
Tinder tablets are small, lightweight fire starters that can burn even should they get wet. Because they are lightweight and modest, they will not take up lots of space.
Fire paste is just another alternative for you. It is a flammable compound which comes in a convenient tube. It starts a fire fast but will not flame up like a fire starter that is a liquid.
Another fire starter is a magnesium block. This one is my special favourite because it is simple and lightweight to take along. It may also be attached to your keychain. The block has a scraper to shave the magnesium onto the wood bits.
You should be cautious with this particular type of fire starter, whilst a couple of folks tout the advantages of a spring loaded fire starter, they break easily in the cold weather and thus becomes unusable. You actually want something that you can depend on in survival scenarios, a.k.a. when the spring breaks 🙂