Fire Starters 2

These great ideas have been submitted by Scouts:

Dustin Weir writes:

for easy tinder use cotton balls and petroleum jelly. take a glob of jelly about half the size of the contton ball and work it all the way through the cotton. this is easy to light (even with the flint and steel starters), burns for a long enough time to catch your kindling on fire, and is completely waterproof. I even lit one while it was floating on top of a pool of water.

Scott Lesevoy Troop 529 St. Louis, MO writes:

Safe fire starters can be made with a waxed paper sandwich bag, filled with pine hamster litter shavings and a glob of petroleium jelly on a big piece of cotton. Roll this up and place inside a second sandwich bag. Tape shut. Note: It's very important to not include the HAMSTER!

Curt Abbott writes:

Two other good fire starters are rolled up strips of newspaper dipped in parafin (the space in the roll should be about 1/2 inch in diameter to allow air to get in and also to allow you to put a match inside the roll) and clothes drier lint in egg cartons soaked with parafin. As with the other egg carton suggestions each piece can be broken off as needed.

Mike Maher writes:

When I was a boyscout we used to make our own fire starters out of paper egg cartons,charcoal, and parafin wax. Start by putting the charcoal in the egg carton, and filling around the charcoal with melted parafin (it's hot) and letting it cool. When the parafin has cooled and gotten hard you will need to dip the whole carton in to waterproof the rest of the carton and let it dry. Now you have 12 waterproof fire starters and they will burn for quit awhile.

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