· Use pine cones covered with wax.**
· Pack charcoal in paper egg cartons and tie shut.
When ready to use, just light the carton.
Put a piece of charcoal in each section of a paper
egg carton. Cover with melted wax.**
Tear apart and use as needed. You can also use sawdust,
dryer lint or Pistachio shells instead of the charcoal.
Take 100% cotton balls and thoroughly rub Vaseline
into them. Keep in a ziplock bag.
Newspaper cut into strips(3"-4" wide). Roll up and
tie with string. Cover with melted wax.**
Use lint from a clothes dryer as a fire starter.
Bundle about 10-12 Diamond brand "strike-anywhere"
wooden kitchen matches together with waxed dental
floss. The heads of the matches should all be pointing
in the same direction. Generously soak the buddle
of matches (except heads) in melted paraffin wax**
to waterproof and to provide a long burn time. Dip
heads lightly only to waterproof them. Strike on flat
rock to ignite.
Cut a cotton cord into 1" lengths and soak in melted
wax.** Let dry and store in empty film container or
These are called candy kisses. Use the small 6" emergency
candles and wrap them up in waxed paper. Tie/twist
both ends of the waxed paper to seal in the candle
(looks like a salt water taffy candy). Light an end
when you are ready to start your fire.
Cut waxed milk cartons into strips to be used as kindling
for your campfire.
Stuff paper towel or toilet paper rolls with paper.
To get your charcoal pieces ready quicker, use a charcoal
Newspaper crumbled into a ball
Use dried pine needles
Soak a piece of charcoal in lighter fluid. Coat with
Use small condiment or "sample-size" cups. Add a long
wick to each cup and fill with melted wax.** You can
also fill them with sawdust.
Stack of small pieces of cardboard covered in wax**
Waterproof your matches by dipping them in wax** or
coating them with clear nail polish
Use cotton string about 3-4" long, put in small wax
paper cup with about an inch hanging over the edge.
Fill cup nearly to the top with saw dust and pour
melted wax into the cup. The saw dust will compact
and become waterproof. The extra string length is
a wick to start burning the starter, but can also
be tied to another starter string through a pack loop
to carry outside your pack. - Submitted by C. Berman
Never use liquid igniters on your campfire. Example:
lighter fluid, gasoline etc.
** When melting wax, only use a double boiler
set up. Melted wax can easily ignite.
Have a fire extinguisher handy in case of emergency.