Any experienced outdoors man should know that having the knowledge on various ways to make a fire is essential in dealing with the outdoors. Of course, matches and lighters are easily available and do come in handy but in extreme cases when you become low on supply and these things seem out of reach, you should be able to find a surefire way to start a fire especially when you are exposed to the elements. So, here is a rundown of easy home-made ideas for fire starters:
Stuff charcoals in egg cartons and tie it shut. Just kindle the carton when the need arises.
Keep a sturdy pencil sharpener in handy. It can be used to make excellent shaving kindling.
Bundle together several small emergency candles using waxed paper tied up at both ends. Light one end of the candle when needed to start a fire.
Use wax-covered pine cones
Generously rub cotton balls in Vaseline and keep them sealed in ziplock bags.
Cut old newspapers or yellow pages into thin strips then roll them up and tie them with strings. Soak them in melted wax.
Tie about 10 pieces or more strike-anywhere kitchen matches with dental floss with the head leveled evenly. Soak the body (except the heads) with melted paraffin. Also lightly dip the heads in wax for waterproofing. When needed, strike on a flat rough surface to ignite.
Instead of charcoal you can put other flammable items inside an egg carton such as pistachio shells, sawdust and dryer lint mixed with melted wax.
Cut pieces of cotton into 1-inch lengths then soak into melted paraffin. Let them dry and store in ziplock bags or plastic containers.
Waxed milk cartons cut into thin strips are excellent kindling material for campfires.
Use chimney charcoal whenever possible to make quicker charcoal fire.
Make small balls of making a fire,made of newspaper.
Toilet paper towels stuffed inside paper bags make for ideal fire lighters,
Collect pine needles and store them in bunches.
Coat lighter fluid-soaked charcoal pieces with paraffin wax.
Put a long wick to a small-sized cup and fill it with sawdust or melted wax.
Collect wooden Popsicle sticks and store them in watertight containers.
Coat match heads with wax or better yet clear nail polish for waterproofing.
Small pieces of cardboard discards covered in wax are good fire starters.
Tuna cans or cat food cans can be used as containers for pieces of cardboards cut into thin strips then tightly rolled. Pour melted wax into the cans to keep the strips in place.
Unraveled twine are also perfect for lighting a fire.
Put a cotton sting inside a wax paper cup with about 1″ wick length allowance. Fill the cup with sawdust with some room to spare then put melted paraffin into the cup sealing and compacting the sawdust inside. You can then light the wick to start burning the fire starter whenever the need arises.