easy to carry fire-starters - homemade

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by dmp, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. dmp

    dmp New Member

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    First step: Gather the supplies -

    • Bulk wax
    • Cotton discs/wafers
    • wax paper for cooling
    • old stainless bowl – will get waxy
    • Sauce pan, 1/2 full of water
    • Set the bowl atop the sauce pan – heat on medium-high, until the wax liquifies.
    • I used chop sticks as my insertion/removal tool. As I removed the wafers – they only have to sit in the wax for a few seconds – the built-up wax on the chop sticks caused the wafers to slip and fall back into the bowl. If you are not good with chop sticks, an old fork would work great, or old spatula – tongs would be ideal.
    • Let them soak for 5-10 seconds.
    • Allow to dry on a sheet of wax paper

    I stacked wood in the fire place, tore the wafer about half way along the center line – this exposes the cotton fibers. Apply flame to the torn portion.

    Within 30 seconds the disc is burning well

    Just a minute or so later, the flame is strong. You can see how the wax provides a lot of fuel for the young fire.

    There you have it – easy, light, and inexpensive. I made about 100 FireWafers – I paid about $4 for the block of wax, and a dollar or so for the cotton discs. 100 fires for $5. Compare that to my previous method – Duraflame fire-starting bricks, at $11 for two dozen. I’m ahead financially with this – and these wafers are super-portable.
     

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  2. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    We make jam and jelly, sometimes seal it with Parafin Wax. This would be a great way to recycle the wax.
    My wife will probably not like the idea, since it's one more thing I want her to save.

    To ensure that I understood the directions. You use the chopsticks to dip the cotton, then let them cool on the wax paper?
     

  3. dmp

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    the chopsticks the removal tool. You could simply drop them in by hand. Thinking maybe tongs or tweezers would work better to lift them out.

    yes, just lay them on the wax paper to cool. Some fibers of the cotten may stick, but generally they come off pretty well.
     
  4. dmp

    dmp New Member

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    Cooling, and the tearing
     

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  5. Mosin

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    I'll just throw this on here. I always have coconut oil on me. After cooking, or if the oil gets liquified (it's solid at room temp), just stick a piece of rolled up newspaper in it. Dries hard and burns like a candle. I use these to light my charcoal grill.
     
  6. Mosin

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    To add. I'm sure coconut oil would work on these disks too.
     
  7. kytowboater

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    Why do you always have coconut oil on you? Like the smell lol
     
  8. Mosin

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    Lol! My boyfriend... I kid I kid!!!

    It's the paleo. It's a paleo oil, and cooks well on high heat, plus it's cheap at Walmart, has medical properties, and stays solid. Put a tablespoon in a cast iron pan and cook some eggs, slicker than Teflon! Plus it makes starting charcoal easier, and I made a candle once just to see if it would work.
    High marks for the stuff! I've been using it exclusively since I discovered it a year ago.
     
  9. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Just throwing a couple of ideas in.

    1 Alcohol pads, in your first aid kit, used to sterilize wounds, are highly flamable. Can also use cotton balls and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

    2 Rain-x. Read the lable on the back, and you will find that it contains isoprople alcohol. Won a bet with it once, buddy said it wouldn't work and it did.

    3 Dryer lint. Save the lint from your dryer's lint trap in a bag or a pill bottle. It is light weight, and will go up very easily if it is kept dry.

    All of these will start the tinder, and light your fire.
     
  10. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    We all have cleaning patches to do this with. Even have different sizes. 22 caliber fire or up to a 12 gauge fire
     
  11. bonney

    bonney New Member

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    the oil and paraffin will probably work, but I have always just kept a few cottonballs in a CampMor Inc Matchcase around my neck, with a magnesium striker bar. the case is also a whistle and a compass, the balls are Vasolined. they burn hot and long, and can serve to help with sunburned noses and "hot spots' on your feet, too. I carry a bit more vasoline and Moleskin in the med kit, and crazy glue for closing wounds. In a pinch, a bit of the glue will burn like hell.
     
  12. HockaLouis

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    I am not a "fire-starter" fan but this sounds like a good way to get rid of SO many cotton face pads, that'll sit flat, I am in possesion of. I bought them to use with an expensive skin product my GF gave me. Do I really need an astringent in an opaque purple plastic bottle more than I need fire? Cavemen didn't have products. But sure my skin has a youthful, healthy, glow afterwords. And its as refreshing as a pedicure. It even gets out dirt regular soaps, which leave residue behind, don't. You can see it!

    What to do? What to do...
     
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  13. Gizord1

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    You can do the same thing with sawdust. That's what commercial "tinder sticks" or "quick tinder" is made out of. Just mix sawdust with a little wax and voila!
     
  14. dragunovsks

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    I saw those at the campstore at the Patoka lake camp grounds in southern Indiana. It was sawdust bonded together with a little wax with a piece of green cannon fuse sticking up. We didn't buy any but the lady at the campstore said they work pretty good.
     
  15. HockaLouis

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    Love that compressed "tinder" stuff. Where do we get voila, what proportion do we use vs. wax, and how much is it please?
     
  16. Gizord1

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    I don't know actually. I figured just trial'n'error. I do think that it is very little wax to sawdust. Maybe 1 to 2 ratio, unless you want a thick piece of tinder
     
  17. kfox75

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    Another one that burns well, and has many other uses is duct tape. If you have paper, a car with a working lighter, and dudt tape, you can start a fire.

    Attach the paper to tha duct tape, Roll it into a rope, Use the lighter to ignite the paper, and set it down into your kindling. It works like a charm. The only thing to remember is that , once it is lit the duct tape will take off fast.
     
  18. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    But how much voila do you use? I don't even know what it does!
     
  19. Gizord1

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    100 pectograms of voila should be enough
     
  20. onenut58

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    I spent a good part of my life in the woods and never seen a need for fire starter. But there is heavy timber where I am from and dried pitch is every where. It starts and burns hot in the rain and I have never had a problem finding it.I have stopped at a tree and scraped some up to use later in the day though when I came across a tree skinned from a dead fall.