5 DIY Fire Starters: To Ease Your Off Grid Fire Starting!

Fire has more uses than you can imagine in an off grid situation. It keeps you warm and also protects you against wild creatures. It gives light and helps you to find your way in the dark. And not to forget – it also helps you to cook in the absence of electricity. And there are of course many other uses of fire. But the thing about fire in the wild is that you can carry a lighter or two, but sooner or later they will run out of fuel and cease to work. So what you need are fire starters. And while you can buy and stock up on these, today we have brought you 5 DIY Fire Starters. And you’d do good to keep these in mind as well…

#1: Rubbing Sticks

While this is the oldest trick to get a fire started from scratch, it is also the most difficult. The method of rubbing sticks depends on friction. You rub one end of a wooden twig very vigorously against a slight depression gouged out on another piece. The constant rubbing creates friction – which leads to the production of heat. And the end result is that when done right, it leads to spark. If you can catch these sparks on some kindling (dry leaves or thin twigs, or very thin wood shavings), you can have a fire raging soon. But the rubbing isn’t an easy task. The simplest way to do it is to use a relatively smooth twig and twirl it between your palms.

#2: Cotton balls and Vaseline

Here is another way to light a fire. Cotton balls dipped in petroleum jelly of any kind (not just Vaseline) will light up so long as you can create a spark with a magnesium fire starter and get it to fall on the cotton. The cotton is the kindling, and the petroleum the inflammable substance. Remember, there is petroleum jelly even in lip balms – so they can be used as well in emergency situations.

#3: Pinecones

Pine cones are usually dry and function as excellent tinder. However, the real trick is having them. If you are in an area where pine trees grow wild – you will have no dearth of the same. But if you do not, do not also count on this as a source of tinder. Also the pine sap found in some cones serves to increase their flammability.

#4: Tampons

That’s right – tampons are good for much more than just what they are intended for! They are really small and compressed – making a large number easy to store and carry around. But at the same time they are super absorbent. And when it comes to lighting fires, an unused tampon, pulled apart can serve as kindling many times. Just tear off a small bit and use each time. Also the absorbency means you can use these along with petroleum jelly or other inflammable substances to speed up the fire as well.

#5: Toilet paper tube and lint

Lint makes for great tinder. And you can use this method to prepare little fire starter kits along with a magnesium fire starter. Collect lint, and fill it into empty toilet paper rolls. Now wrap in brown paper and tie up with some twine.
When being used, open it up and create a lint bed on top of the brown paper. Set it alight and then use the cardboard paper tube to fuel the fire.

Being able to start a fire and keep it burning may be the difference between life and death when you are surviving in a post-disaster scenario. And Fire isn’t always the easiest thing to get going. So do take your time to get acquainted with each of these 5 DIY Fire Starters. So that if and when the disaster really strikes, you know that you’ve at least prepped for your fire needs.

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