Introduction: Firekit

Recently when I was building a fire I forgot my lighter so i couldnt light it. At that moment I realized I needed some kind of fire starting kit, and this is what i came up with

Step 1: Materials

this kit contains following materials:
A small birthday cake candle
A empty cut-in-half lighter stuffed with cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly
A couple of matches
A striker for the matches
A ferro rod
A pencil sharpener
Some cotton balls
A bag of birch bark
A bit of cardboard packaging material
A strip of ducttape
Which is all packed inside of an empty air rifle pellet tin

Step 2: Uses for Everything Inside.

Candle: to keep a flame from going out
Lighter: lighting tinder
matches: lighting tinder
ferro rod: lighting tinder
pencil sharpener: for small twigs, to make tinder
cotton balls: as tinder
birch bark: as tinder
Cardboard: as tinder
Ducttape: as tinder

Step 3: End

This was my instructable and i hope you liked it.



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    26 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Excellent small kit. I like several of the ideas in the comments as well. Thank you.

    You can use dryer lent instead of cotton balls

    Also, one would think that this goes without saying, but please remember to use fire responsibly and don't make the fire any bigger than you really need it to be. Also, if you are lost in the wilderness, three of anything signals "Help!" Three safe signal fires, in a row about 50' apart or in a large triangle, may summon aid if you need it.


    2 years ago

    Our old friend and foe... fire. Ice Age ancestors would have loved this kit ;-)

    Good tips, thanks


    2 years ago

    i have alltime in my outdoor backback, magnesium stikc and zippo bensin, cotton ball inside 10milliliter old vape liguid pottles, many pottle filliing many cotton ball and then filling full to bensin, fire wery easy at outdoor. and paracord rope have about 60 meter backback belt,and box have lighter(zippo)and wire saw,knife,compas,paracord bouch were have inside, magnesium rod,plastick pack(1 and 2 liter)and emercency alumin foil mat,newer not can know were need :D and not haevy, in backback side pocket.

    Why not just fill the container with butane lighters? Much easier and more efficient

    could somebody tell me how these less obvious items are used please? Thanks

    I recently discovered how well hand sanitizer (Purell, etc) works Its 98% alcohol so will light with a simple spark and it's semi gel nature makes it stick to your kindling. I now carry a couple small bottles in my pack.

    very nice ideas, i like it! especially the pencil sharpener made of magnesium (magnesia?). how do you cut little pieces from it, do you use the iron stick ("ferro rod"), or do you ignite fire with sparks that you create while bringing these things together?

    for starting fire with sparks from any source, i added the flying seeds of typha (typha latifolia, "water saucage" or similar plant) to my set because they have, once put out of the pipe where they grow, a huge surface and burn within a second. stowed into a small box they can be packed very small.

    also i learned to take a small piece of a bicycle tube to get a fire bigger. it burns a long time and hot. of course you don't want to make your barbecue over the flame but afterwards, when there's only glowing ember left, it shouldn't be a problem to prepare your food over it.


    Excellent choice in pellets, not easy to get here, in the States! Loved the pencil sharpener, that is the single best add on to a fire kit I have seen in a long time.

    The other was take cottonpuffs in Petroleum jelly and dip them in melted wax do it 2 -3 times, now you have sealed flammable puffs, A Blast Match is awesome to have as well.


    2 years ago

    I've put together fire-starting kits in the past and even taught basic survival skills but I've never even thought of using a pencil sharpener to make tinder - great idea

    1 reply

    thanks for reading!

    Cheers laurens

    Cool fire starting kit Laurens!

    One thing to add:

    A penny or cent, one could punch a hole in the lid of the tin and use it to create char cloth. The penny/cent would then close the hole at the right time to prevent oxidation.

    Maybe also add some steel wool for electrical ignition techniques.

    Well done!

    Cheers Alex

    What a great idea ~ I learned a while ago that a pencil sharpener is good to have in your survival kit for sharpening small sticks. Ergo, it helps to create "kindling."

    We live in an old house. (Built in 1901). In our basement there is a wall that separates two rooms. Small pieces of coal piles up on the floors that believe it or not, comes from between that wall. I have two ziplock sandwich bags full of this stuff. It's added right into my "strike anywhere matches" my flint, a small pack of tampons (which also makes great tinder). Learned that from the men who post survival guides. ?
    Love your ideas. I also am a bit shocked to learn duct tape was a tinder.

    I didn't know Duct tape could be used as tinder, But thanks great ideas!!!

    "I realized I needed some sort of fire 'strating' kit". Great instructable! This is definitely a man satchel approved product ;)

    very cool handy kit... thanks for sharing!