I've seen different ways to make firestarters from cotton wool and Vaseline (petroleum jelly). This is the quickest way I've found and makes excellent firestarters that keep for ages and burn for about 6-7 minutes.
- Cotton wool or cotton wool balls
- Vaseline (petroleum jelly)
- Paper towel
- Paddle pop stick
Step 1: Melt some petroleum jelly
Roll up some cotton wool into balls about an inch wide. They don't need to be any bigger as they produce a good flame at this size.
Melt some petroleum jelly in a saucepan over a low heat until it’s liquid. A tablespoon of PJ will make about six firestarters.