Here’s how to make fire tinder with cotton balls… Simply add a little Vaseline or petroleum jelly to a couple of cotton balls and watch this cotton ball fire starter burst in to flames (yes, cotton balls are flammable).
All it takes to start a fire with cotton balls smeared with Vaseline or petroleum jelly is a single spark from the Everstryke Match,no lighter fluid required (it’s a permanent match!)
Watch this Everstryke Match Review video to learn how to use Vaseline and cotton ball fire starters…
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How To Make A Cotton Ball Fire Starter
All you have to do to make a fire starter with cotton balls is smear a generous amount of Vaseline or petroleum jelly on your cotton balls.
And then just stuff them in a plastic sandwich baggie or a plastic container, and toss them into your bug out bag and you’ve got yourself a great waterproof fire starter for any emergency situation.
Just make sure you also have some sort of firestarter to create a spark or flame to ignite the cotton balls. Plus, some additional dry cotton balls, kindling and twigs to help stoke the flames into a roaring fire.
Benefits Of Using Vaseline Cotton Balls As A Survival Fire Starter
One of the benefits of using a cotton ball fire starter covered in Vaseline or petroleum jelly for tinder is that they are pretty much waterproof (don’t even think about trying to start fire a with wet dryer lint, sawdust, dry cotton balls or wood shavings after they’ve been water soaked in the rain or dropped in the river on a camping trip).
Which means that you should be able to use your survival skills to start an emergency fire even during a severe rainstorm or in unusually wet conditions.
Cotton balls also happen to be extremely lightweight so they add an insignificant amount of weight if you’re backpacking in the woods, camping, or toss a container of them into your everyday carry bag, go-bag or emergency kit. Tip: a great way to store your vaseline cotton balls is in a plastic baggie or a small plastic plastic or metal tin (e.g. a sucrets or altoids tin).
Plus, the little amount of space that a few petroleum jelly soaked cotton balls take up in your bug out bags means you’ll have more room for the rest of your wilderness survival gear.
But the biggest benefit of learning how to build a fire with a little ball of cotton and a little vaseline or petroleum jelly is that it’s just so darn cool that you can’t help but smile when you watch them burn.