Picture of How to Make Mini Straw Fire Starters (easy)
Awesome little WATERPROOF fire starter ready to Go!
Can be used for camping or survival kit (made a survival kit with straw fire starters in it check it out)

Step 1: What you will need

Picture of What you will need
-Pointy stick has to fit inside straw
-Cotton rounds
-lighter or match
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thunderchris76 made it!4 months ago
Very good idea
provision made it!6 months ago

Used your instructable to make these with my scouts and varsities the other night. Lit them with flint/steel striker after removing from the straw and fluffing them back up a little. Lit right up and burned for 3-5 minutes total. Good strong flame for 2-3 minutes. If you have a lighter, you can actually just light the straw itself and it will burn just fine. Love the water-proof nature of these.

We made them to include in our survival hiking staves we are making as a troop. Perfect size for it! Thanks!

_ville01_11 months ago
put inside of it alcohol then you dont need open it to light it and it burns better
in pic you can see mini oreos :D
cacj13111 months ago
Put petroleum jelly on the cotton balls, it makes it better, WAYYYY better :)
Green X1 year ago

cool I could use this

Pichu473 years ago
Couldn't slathering them in petroleum jelly or hand sanitizer or something else flammable possibly make it light better?
dim20 Pichu473 years ago
you can wet the cotton with some 90' alcohol
you have to be careful if you do so it does not burst into flames in your hand
im using pliers instead of hands ;)
just dont let it drip on your hands or down the pliers

Yeah, I was going to post this.

Add some vaseline (petrol jelly) to make the cotton extra flammable.

Incidentally, this 'ible is a good way to make lots of 'single serving' portable waterproof items, like salt & pepper, small pills, even liquids, like alcohol, oil, etc.

XdruidX1 year ago

40g sugar 60g Salt peter caramelized and fill a whole straw, see how that lights a fire

That would make a lot of smoke, but for a small fire it should be ok,
What you listed is the recipe for a common smoke bomb, You don't want that, and plus 100g of the stuff would needs a lot of straws to fill, but good idea, for a camping situation or survival you want to keep you profile small, and not incapacitate yourself by creating all the smoke within a small area.
another thing that you could do is melt the ends of the straw like you do making the fire starters. fill the straws with neosporin or burn cream and put them in a fist aid kit
loony11 year ago
This is an awesome idea! Where is the VOTE button on this one...

Thumbs up man!
Kona-chan2 years ago
i think it's better to use bigger straws, and some hay in it,
and, maybe you can make a smale rope in it, so you light it and then it burns , a better idea when you don't have a knife with you
ToXiCATOM2 years ago
Man! Its COOL!I like you.
x burn2 years ago
add some alcohol to cotton ...
mix some Thermite and put that in end of the world no need to lock pick lol shove a straw in light and wait
bcavaciuti2 years ago
great idea these are brilliant little survival packages, next project: a straw survival kitwith all the things you need in waterproof straws. maybe you could soak a small portion of the wool in wax or another highly combustible substance(eg dissolved match heads, petrol) then its easier to light and will burn longer with the same amount of wool
Great idea! Fav!
sylar2 years ago
vous pouvais également isoler des allumette avec un grattoir dedans pour avoir de quoi allumer le tout seller il ne prendra pas l'humidité .
hikerdude162 years ago
Great idea! I already made some but I used dryer lint because it was what I had. It works great! I also used a full straw and not just a piece, I just used a nail to compress it down. Thanks again!
Once again, 5! I made this more than half a year ago, I think when it came out. They work great and I put them in my STR8 survival kit aswell! :D
SNACKS3 years ago
This straw thing is a good Idea I make them with Neosporin in them for a small one time use "cut first aid" - I even put honey in some for fast energy / they hold up nice even in a wallet is a fun little Idea and a must for any Small first aid / survival kit.... Thanks
Honey is also a good topical antiseptic. Small cuts and "road rash", etc.
Schmidty163 years ago
coild u put pills in them or penut butter or even make a longer 1 and put some edible wheat grans in them very good instructable
There called wheat berries, not grans.
ok and what i meant to say was wheat grains
MicahelRoss (author)  Schmidty163 years ago
kelly.3 years ago
does this last very long?
MicahelRoss (author)  kelly.3 years ago
Burn time is pretty short but enough to get a fire started.
Thanks you i have made about 50 so far =)
Preparing to go live hermit style in the wilderness for a while. (A.K.A moving out of the parents' place and can't pay rent) and I just made a ziplock bag full of these. Thanks a lot!
BLUEBLOBS23 years ago
This is definitely going in my survival kit!
Mr.19113 years ago
I just made some and LOVE them. I can't wait to see how they work. Great idea!
MicahelRoss (author)  Mr.19113 years ago
thanks for the comment
You're quite welcome. To test them, I have one sitting in a glass of water. Not only is it waterproof, it floats. These will make a great edition to my camping gear and survival kit.
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