Cheap EDC Fire Kit for Survival




Introduction: Cheap EDC Fire Kit for Survival

About: 24 IoM

The following items are required:

Most items available from a plumbing or builders merchants

  • 2 x 50mm waste access plugs
  • 1 x 50mm double connector
  • 1 x solvent cement (any size as very little required)
  • small pot of dark grey undercoat
  • small pot of black gloss paint
  • small paint brush
  • small piece of sandpaper
  • roll of camouflage duct tape (fabric in this case, any suitable)

Step 1: Making the Container

Take the solvent cement and using the brush inside the lid (usually) brush a generous amount onto the outside of the waste access plugs and the same inside of the double connector, then press the plug into the connector twisting as you do so that the cement mixes and connects thoroughly.

Repeat this step with both of the plugs, you now have your container.

Close one of the screw tops as tight as you can by hand and then leave for painting. Leave the other screw top lid slightly loose.

Step 2: Painting It Up

Use your sandpaper to scratch across the whole surface to give it a key to improve the adhesion of the paint to be applied.

Paint surface entirely with dark grey undercoat, then two coats of black gloss, be sure to leave 4-6 hours between coats to allow them to dry fully.

Remember to paint over the end you have tightened shut as you only need one opener. Though you can use it later if required. I don't recommend tightening with a wrench or pliers as you want it to break open with hand force when needed.

Step 3: Finishing Touches & MODS

Use your camo duct tape to wrap around the centre, gives the glossy finish a grip to hold on to and it looks better blended in with a camping pack or EDC kit.

The container itself is now water proof, air tight and holds a fair bit of kit.

See the contents of mine in the next step, but whilst I've used mine as a fire kit container, this can be used for any manner of contents.

Potential MODS to be made:

I've thought of drilling a hole through the top and side and adding a carabiner, keyring or paracord lanyard, but the holes would compromise the kit to water, this could work if you put the contents into a ziploc bag first to keep the water out.

Paracord could be wrapped around the centre instead of the camo tape, and used to attach to a belt or pack.

I've added a strip of sandpaper to the bottom of mine with self adhesive tape, this can be used to strike the matches I keep inside.

I've added a button compass to the inside of the lid with super glue.

Step 4: My Fire Kit Contents

Contents of the fire kit:

  • Fresnel (magnifying) lens
  • Ferro rod & striker on paracord lanyard
  • Promithi lightweight folding knife
  • Lighter with integrated LED torch
  • Strike anywhere waterproof matches in case
  • Cotton balls soaked in vaseline and put into plastic bag
  • Sachet of burn gel
  • Match striker pad
  • Button compass

Thanks for reading and I hope you have fun making your own kits!

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    8 Discussions

    Alex 2Q
    Alex 2Q

    4 years ago

    Hi mate,

    this is a cool project. I would suggest just a few things in addition to what has been suggested before:

    - Using flat spray paint instead of glossy paint will help with the camo effect (avoid black and use brown, green etc.)

    - For a follow up Instructable I would suggest that you use this as a base for a comprehensive survival kit

    Cheers Alex


    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks Alex appreciate the tips mate! I definitely would use a flat aerosol paint in future but I had these materials at hand for free in work so used them for my first time. And definitely it could be used for a bigger kit, instead of a double connector a length of 50mm waste pipe could be used and could down to any desired length (they come in 2m lengths) and used in the same fashion, definitely a future instructable! :D



    4 years ago

    I love great storage ideas. Just a thought. Could you put some sort of eyebolt that swivels on the top (seal the hole with silicone) and another through the side of the tube (also sealed with silicone keeping it waterproof.) This would allow you to use a piece of paracord to attach it to your pack, belt, etc. and would also keep the lid from getting lost. The swivel would keep the cord from tangling while opening and closing.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Excellent idea mate, keeps the seal and a lot neater than my rough and ready drill and keychain idea, definitely give that a shot on one of these or more my next one thanks mate! :D


    4 years ago

    Good job! I'd like to suggest a few modifications. Affix your compass to the inside of the lid. Use petroleum jelly on the threads it will keep them watertight and easier to unscrew.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Hey mate thanks for the vaseline on the threads tip i'll give that a go! I've got the compass stuck on with super glue on the inside of the lid already mate it seems pretty firm! :D


    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks folks!