A few friends and I decided to go camping later this week, and after my last camping trip I realized the difficulty in starting a fire without the right stuff. After looking around on the internet for some tips I decided to try to create my own little firestarting kit. I knew that it needed to carry everything I might need to start a fire, and it would ideally be waterproof. I found a little Pelican case I had gotten for my iPod a while ago, and decided to use that as my container. You can use pretty much any sort of box (I've heard Altoids tins work well) that is small and easy to carry or strap onto your pack. Really whatever works for you. This is a nice size, it can fit a lot of stuff, and it's definitely going to be water-resistant, which is key. The last thing you want is your book of matches soaking wet when you need to start a fire.
Step 1: What You'll Need
*NB: The dime is only used if you've got this case or something similar to it, as you'll see in the next step.
Step 2: Cut All the Unnecessary Things
Sorry. Anyway, since my case was made to house an iPod in waterproof safety, there's a little hookup for headphones that goes through the outside of the case. Seeing as I didn't need to be listening to an iPod with this anymore (it was really a little bulky for that anyway) I cut out the wire. I didn't take a pic of it but really all you need to do is just get your knife, and cut out the wire on the inside, which will let you pull out the piece that's on the outside of the case (pictured). If you have anything else on your case like this, get rid of em. Don't want anything getting into the case (or out of it). Also, be sure to remove the rubber protector inside, but hang on to it.
Step 3: Patch Up the Hole
Anyway, put some sealant on your dime, around the inside edge, and place it up against the hole and let it set. The stuff I have dries in 15 minutes and cures in 12 hours, which is really nice.
Step 4: Cut the Rubber
Cut around the edges, and make sure you don't cut where it seats in the case.
Step 5: Optional Step: Silicone in the Well
Step 6: Finished
Thanks for reading, hope all goes well. If you need any help please leave a comment/shoot me a message!