Altoids Tin Fire Starter Kit




it may be small but it can start fires and it's always there when you need it. the sleek compact design allow it to fit inside an Altoids tin, Plus it is is super cheap and simple to build, its been tested and works excellent

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Step 1: Things You Will Need

empty Altoids tin
8 storm proof strike anywhere matches
Large ziploc
Magnesium fire starter with striker
3 coghlans fuel tablets

Step 2: Sandpaper Placement

Cut square of sandpaper around the same diameter as the inside of the Altoids tin lid and glue one side. repeat inside on bottom Cut a thin piece of sandpaper and apply glue evenly on the underside of the Altoids tin.

Step 3: How to Make Mini Ziplocs

Cut out square piece of ziploc from larger ziploc bag. Make sure it has both zip sides, carefully melt the sides with lighter. Dip your fingers in water and pinch the sides immediately after melting. Judge size of bag according to the size of the item that needs to go inside

Step 4: Layer 1. Fuel Tablets

Place 3 fuel tablets in mini ziploc into tin

Step 5: Layer 2. Magnesium Fire Starter and Striker

Put them to the side of the fuel tablets.

Step 6: Layer 3. Storm Matches

Put them in a mini ziploc too and gently put it on top, fold and tuck some of the bag under the magnesium fire starter

Step 7: Finishing Touches

You may want to duct tape the sides for extra protection. You may also want to to put a rubber band around it to keep it closed better. If you want you can also add some steel wool in there. Steel wool can start a fire with just one spark. I recommend very fine steel wool.

Step 8: Finished Product

Congratulations. Use your new kit well

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    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Years ago my mother and sister had gone on a trip, and they had an incident that made them need fire to be able to cook and eat something, and from then on My Mother has asked me to make sure I have a fire kit in my car. I always do! These are a great labor day gifts for us Canadians, since that's when our winter usually starts! making your own fuel is actually a better idea because you know how they work and can make more as needed with only minimal supplies. There are other instructibles that teach how to make your own longer burning fuels to make sure your fire get started!


    2 years ago

    I've done something very similar but instead of "ziploc" style bags I used my foodsaver and sealed the items that way.


    3 years ago

    Very simple and easy. I am going to put one in my snowmobile. Everyone should have one of these in their glove box. Real life saver. Thanks for posting this.


    3 years ago

    This is awesome. The instructions are clear and simple! Definitely a must have for camping!


    3 years ago

    Such a great idea, and useful to have in an emergency kit! I'm going to make one for each of my family members bug out bags. Instructions were so clear. Nice work!

    This is great! The instructions are clear and precise, very easy to follow.

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    3 years ago

    This is really awesome! I'm going to make some and keep in my hiking back pack.


    3 years ago

    We should make one of these to take on camping trips :)