Firestarting Kit

About: My hobbies are electronics and photography. I have an Arduino which I like to program, and I make stop motion videos with my camera. I also have a great interest in DIY.

Hello, in this instructable I'll be showing you my fire starting kit, and show you how to make one yourself.

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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.

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    Question 1 year ago

    What type of tinder did you use & where can I find some? Thanks!

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