Intro: Firestarting Kit
Hello, in this instructable I'll be showing you my fire starting kit, and show you how to make one yourself.
Step 1: Container
Get a decent sized container. Mine is 3&1/2 inch square that is one inch tall.
Step 2: Materials Overview
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Step 3: Matches
Get around 20 matches and a small striker and put them into something like an Altoids smalls container.
Step 4: Lighter
A disposable lighter will work just fine.
Step 5: A Birthday Candle
This will burn longer than a match and lighter as it is unsafe to keep a lighter lit for 30 or more seconds.
Step 6: Tinder
This tinder has a low burning point, so it can be ignited with a variety of sources.
Step 7: Fresnel Lens
Works by focusing the sun's rays to a single point to ignite it. Cons: Works only on a sunny day; takes a long time to produce an ember.
Step 8: Cotton Fireballs
These are good for starting fires. They ignite easily and burn long. You can make them yourself by heating petroleum jelly in a jar in the microwave until it melts. Take it out carefully (it it very hot!) and soak some cotton balls in it. Wait for them to cool off and put them in something like an Altoids smalls container.
Step 9: A Light Source
What if you need to build a fire in the dark? You can't build a fire without light. This is where the extra candle comes in. You light it, and then you can see what you are doing.
Step 10: You're Done!
Put all of these items into the container. This container can fit into all pockets but the ultra-tiny ones, so you can take it camping easily.