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Fire Starter Kit – The Ultimate Survival Checklist For Starting A Fire

Whether you are just getting started in the world of survival gear or you are a long-time expert, you should do a quick review of your fire starter kit. Are you sure that you have all the gear that you need?

In this article, we’ll give you a run down of what every survival fire starter kit should include to make sure that you are ready for anything.

Putting Together Your Fire Starter Kit

You should always keep in mind the specific conditions that you are likely to encounter on your trip when you are putting together your fire starter kit.

Will you be likely to encounter wet and windy weather conditions? Do you expect to be able to find fuel easily, or are you going to an area where wood might be a problem?

A smart survivalist always plans for the worst in whatever conditions they can expect. So, the fire starter kit that we are describing here might not have everything you need, depending on where you are going.

However, these are the basics that you will need, no matter where you are.

A High-Quality Survival Lighter

This is probably the most important thing that your fire starter kit can have.

A good survival lighter should be designed to work in even the most sever conditions. They should be waterproof, meaning they will still work perfectly even after being submerged completely in water… which is exactly what the FREE Life strike lighter can do.

It should also be extremely durable. You don’t want to be without a source of flame just because you dropped your lighter onto some rocks.

The EverStryke Match, for example, can survive being run over by a truck.

A Ferro Rod Fire Starter

A Ferro rod is basically a rod made out of a metal called ferrocerium. When you strike ferrocerium with steel, it creates extremely hot sparks. They can be up to 5,430 °F.

At temperatures like these, you can start fires easily, as long as you have dry tinder.

A Ferro rod is a great backup to have in case anything happens to your survival lighter. They are durable and can be used for years.

Waterproof Matches

As another backup to your survival lighter and Ferro rod, it’s a good idea to carry a small pack of waterproof matches.

These matches will work even if they have been soaked in water, meaning you can start a fire even in the rain.

Vaseline Coated Cotton Balls

Keep a sandwich bag of vaseline coated cotton balls in your fire starter kit. These make for great tinder, as they catch fire easily and continue to burn for a while.

They can help you get a fire going even in poor conditions.

Here’s a video I made for you that shows how a cotton ball fire starter with vaseline starts a fire with a single strike from the everstryke match and its built in ferro rod.

Tea Light

A tea light candle is a great way to have consistent flame when you are trying to light wet wood or kindling.

Firestarter Stick

Just like the cotton balls, fire starter sticks burn for a while, giving your kindling enough time to catch, even if weather or wood conditions are wet.

Firestarter sticks are lightweight and easy to store. They are a no-brainer for any fire starter kit.


Starting A Fire Without Matches

The ultimate survival tool for starting a fire is learning how to start a fire without matches. So, here are 8 proven ways to start a fire without matches.

Wrapping Up

These are the must-haves that any fire starter kit should include. Of course, you could easily add more fire starting tools to bulk up your kit, especially to suit the conditions that you will be in.

Happy camping!

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How to Start A Fire in the Woods For Any Survival Situation

Every survivalist needs to know how to start a fire in the woods. If you’re a little rusty or just never got around to mastering this particular skill, this is the guide for you.

We’ll cover what you’ll need to get a fire going, how to construct a fire, and the mysterious Rule of Three.

1. Gather your things

The first thing you need to do when you’re learning how to start a fire in the woods is gathering your ingredients. Just like a recipe, it pays to be prepared when you’re starting a fire in the woods, so get everything you’re going to need.

How to start a fire in the woods supply list

  • Tinder: No, not the app. You’ll need tinder for the initial flames to get things going. Typically, fire-starting tinder is small, dry, extremely flammable materials like pine needles, dry grass, or bark. Really, anything small, dead, and dry that will catch quickly. However, you can also use vaseline or petroleum jelly soaked cotton ball fire starters like the one I demonstrate in this video. Regardless of the type of tinder you choose, it will provide the initial fuel that will create enough heat to light the bigger pieces on fire.
  • Kindling: The next tier up from tinder. If you’ve spent anytime car camping, you’ll have seen this for sale in orange bags as a tidy bundle of smallish sticks. But when you’re out in the woods, your kindling will simply be larger pieces of your tinder. Bigger bits of bark, larger twigs, and small pieces of wood will all work. Like your tinder, kindling works best when it’s small and dry.
  • Logs: this is the final tier of fuel. You’ll need bigger logs that will catch and provide a sustained fire. The best wood is old, dry, dead hardwood that will catch quickly and burn hot for a long time. But when you’re in the woods and you’re cold, any old log will do (especially if you have infinite matches!)

2. Build your fire

Equally important to putting the right stuff in when you’re wondering how to start a fire in the woods is to get your construction right. You want to build it so that there’s plenty of airflow (since oxygen is essential to a fire) in and around your logs, but in such a way that your tinder rests on your kindling and your kindling on your logs.

The general idea is to build your structure before you start lighting it so that you don’t use your precious kindling and tinder up too quickly.

As a general rule, for the most success rely on the Rules of Three. Basically, if you want to burn a three-inch stick, you need three one in sticks burning first. That ratio holds true for everything in your fire.

The rule of three has a second part as well which can help your when you’re first learning how to start a fire in the woods – namely, the first getting going… and then promptly going out.

The second part of the Rule of Three is that to have a sustainable fire, you must ALWAYS have three sticks burning at a time.

With this rule and its two parts in mind, you can’t go wrong when you’re learning how to start a fire in the woods.

3. Your fire source

Finally, you need a fire source. Waterproof Matches can run out and something like a magnifying glass requires the sun (a problem if it’s cloudy – when you need a fire most). That’s why one of the best options is a Ferro Rod – it lasts virtually forever, it’s self-contained, and it’s very low-tech so it’ll never, ever break.

You should also check out our How To Start A Fire Without Matches blog post for 8 proven and reliable ways for starting a fire without matches.

There you have it – the three principals to starting a fire in the woods. Now the next step is to get out there and do it! Just make sure you’re kitted up before you head out there.

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How To Make Waterproof Matches (3 Easy Foolproof Ways)

Waterproof Matches are must have survival gear and are key to your survival in an emergency situation.

If you have a sense of adventure, there is one must-have survival item that you won’t want to leave home without. Waterproof matches are not just a cool accessory to add to your backpack, they’re an essential survival fire starter tool, and you simply never know when you’re going to need them.

Waterproofing Matches

Ordinary matches are powerful little sticks… until they get wet. Then, unless you have an awesome tool to light that fire, your adventure trip can quickly turn into a disaster (here are 5 reasons why you should never leave your survival matches at home).

But purchasing some waterproof matches can be expensive, right? Do you really need the added cost?

The good news is, you don’t! You can create your own waterproof match for little to no cost, and, in this article, we’re going to show you how to make a match waterproof using common household supplies.

How To Make Waterproof Matches With Turpentine

One of the safest ways to waterproof your matches is to use turpentine.

Here’s the super-easy method:

Step 1: Pour 2 to 3 large tablespoons of turpentine into a glass or container.

Step 2: Place your matches, head down, into the glass.

Step 3: Leave them to soak for 5 minutes. This will allow the turpentine to soak into the head and stem.

Step 4: When you take the matches out, spread them on a sheet of newspaper and leave them to dry for about 20 minutes.

Using this method, your matches will remain waterproof for at least a few months.

How To Make Waterproof Matches With Nail Polish Or Shellac

For this process, clear nail polish is the better option, but colored polish will work too if that’s all you can get your hands on!

Here’s how to turn your ordinary matches into waterproof ones:

Step 1: Dip each match into the bottle of polish. Immerse some of the stick as well as the head.

Step 2: When you take it out, hold the match for a few seconds to allow the polish to dry.

Step 3: For proper drying, place the matches on a table, with their heads suspended a little off the edge. Make sure to put a newspaper underneath to catch any excess moisture.

If you’ve used quick drying polish, this method can take less time than the turpentine method. If the polish isn’t quick drying, it may take a little longer.

All in all, this is a fairly fool-proof way to create waterproof matches.

How To Make Waterproof Matches With Wax

The power behind this waterproofing matches approach all comes from the melted wax from your candle.

Here’s the full scoop:

Step 1: Get a loose candle or a candle in a jar.

Step 2: Light it and let it burn for a while. This is to allow a pool of wax to form around the wick.

Step 3: When you’ve enough wax, blow the candle out.

Step 4: Dip each match into the wax, head first. Immerse some of the stick too.

Step 5: Hold the match long enough to allow the wax to harden a little. A few seconds should do the trick

Step 6: Place the matches on a table so that each head is suspended off the edge of the surface. Remember to put a newspaper underneath to protect your floor from falling wax.

Step 7: When the wax has cooled down but before it has hardened completely, pinch the end of the wax coating where the stick meets the head. This will form a tight seal.

Tip: Just in case you ever find yourself without matches… check out our How To Start A Fire Without Matches tutorial.

So, there you have it.

Creating your own waterproof matches has never been easier! Soggy matches are officially a thing of the past!

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