Here are my absolute favorite fire starters.They take a bit of work to make but they can make lots of fires during your endurance trek through the woods. What we are going to do is basically just combine Fatwood with Jute twine. Jute twin can easily catch a spark and Fatwood burns for a long time. Those two components mean that you will most likely succeed in your effort to make a fire in a survival situation.

These are great for any bug out bag as they are light weight and effective, they are also natural which is a bonus for those who would like to reduce their carbon footprint.

Lets get started!

Tools needed:

a fine edge knife
serrated knife or hacksaw or dremel tool with a cutting wheel (Serrated knife takes forever)

Materials needed:

Jute twine (Grab a whole spool, you decide how many layers are in your wrap, I prefer 2)

Step 1:

1.) Remove excess wood with the fine blade

I try to go with the grain whenever possible, but it's not required.

Simply slide the fine blade along the piece of fatwood at about a 10 degree angle, any burrs will catch on your knife and be cut away easily, leaving a piece of fatwood that wont give you splinters every time you use it. (Warning: ALWAYS cut AWAY from your body, NEVER towards yourself as this can cause injury)

(You can also use sand paper or sanding wheel on a dremel but I prefer to hand shape them with a knife)
<p> Jute, I know what that is. But not familiar with fatwood. Where do you get it? This is a very good thing to learn and I love that it is so compact, and can be used for many, many uses. Thanks! :)</p>
You can find fatwood in pine woods or buy it, i found this on the Walmart website:<br>http://www.walmart.com/ip/Duraflame-Fatwood-Firelighter/32468459
Definitely a more compact way to carry it and now have to empty another tin of Altoids to carry your firemaking kit.
Thanks for commenting! I found that any waterproof case works well, these can also be dipped in wax to help waterproof them. Fatwood is naturally water resistant but jute twin is not :( Thanks again for the comment =)
Sorry, meant &quot; not have to empty another tin.&quot;
Ahh gotcha. As soon as I find my Camera I'm going to post another 'ible on Survival food bars so stay tuned =)

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