Tips and Hints

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Quick and Easy Fire Starters

When out hiking or camping and find that you need to get a fire started quickly in case of emergency, these are a few things that are light weight that you can carry with you that could save your life.   Gather up some kindling first so that once you get a flame, you can add the kindling to build your fire.

Steel wool with AA batteries - stretch out the steel wool so that you place the steel wool on the negative side and the slide the steel wool along the top of the positive side and you will get a spark.   Just do not store the steel wool and batteries in the same place.

Steel wool and hand sanitizer with a flint - take the steel wool and soak it with hand sanitizer and use the flint to stark the fire.

You can also add any chips (Pringles work very well).   The more saturated fat the longer and better it burns.

Duct tape candle - rolling up duct tape in the shape of a candle and then lightning it with the flint.   If you don't have a flint, the try the steel wool with batteries.

Cotton balls with Vaseline - cover the cotton balls in Vaseline and you can have these in a zip lock bag.   You can light this with a flint or the steel wool and batteries.   When I first saw this, I could not believe how long a cotton ball could burn for with Vaseline, up to 10-15 minutes.

Using any of the following or combining them together can quickly help you get any fire started in any situation you may find yourself in.