1 Minute Duct Tape Fire Starter




Introduction: 1 Minute Duct Tape Fire Starter

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In this Instructable, you will learn how to create a fire starter like pictured above.

This should be practically free for all of your materials and should take less than a minute if you try.

If built right it should stay lit for seven minutes!!!!

Step 1: Gather Materials


-Duct Tape (The Best Stuff on Earth)

-Dryer Lint (Can be collected from a dryer, not a lot needed maybe 1/4 cup)

 -Char Cloth (5 or 6 1" by 1" square pieces of char cloth) Don't know how to make char cloth? Watch this Youtube video or view this Instructable.
-Regular Cotton (Note that this can't ignite by just a spark)

The duct tape will make a large enough flame, the lint will keep the fire going, and the char cloth makes the flame last long.

Step 2: Duct Tape

Rip or cut a 6" piece of duct tape.

Step 3: Lint and Duct Tape

Roll up duct tape with a diameter of 1.5". Make sure the sticky side is on the outside.

Shove lint into roll of duct tape.

Step 4: Char Cloth

Cover outside with Char cloth.

Step 5: Light It on Fire

If you don't have a flame source, then spark the char cloth and blow on it until it ignites.

If you have a flame source, then light a little bit of the duct tape.

Step 6: You're Finished

Now you can build another one and really use it in the wilderness.

By the way, this one stayed lit for seven minutes, well long enough to start a fire.



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    5 Discussions

    However, that will stay lit for what? 15 seconds, not even close to this staying lit for 7 minutes. Also, some people may only have duct tape, lint, and cloth from a t-shirt or something. I would say that most people don't happen to pack a 9 volt and a battery.

    This was a fire starter created out of common items that you may have packed. I usually always have dryer lint and duct tape in my pack.

    There was a day when I would t have a battery... But anymore I have my solar panel charger and 4 spare batteries in my emergency pack. Times have changed... Still no dryer lint though.

    What is the blue stuff wrapped in the Final photo? Would seem to need something to protect the fragile charcloth. Good writeup.