Intro: Portable Firelighter
Ever been outdoors and needed a fire? Maybe you were lost, stranded somewhere? (Not in the supermarket I don't think they like people lighting fires there). Have you needed a fire and not had an easy way of lighting one? (This sounds like a commercial). A small compact waterproof fire lighter would be pretty useful in those situations. In this Instructable, I will show you how to make a small compact waterproof fire lighter/fire assistor that will probably (not) help you when you go hiking (unless you get lost and need a fire).
Step 1: Container
Many different containers could be used for making this project but I recommend a medium pill bottle. Pill bottles are typically water resistant and very easy to get. I asked for some at my pharmacy for geocaching and other uses (like this) and they gave me about 50 pill bottles. Before starting on the project clean up any foil from the rim of the pill bottle mouth. I styled mine with duct tape but that is not necessary.
Step 2: Shredded Paper
Find some paper (preferably used) and shred it with a shredder. If you don't have a shredder you could shred the paper by hand or cut it. I would recommend using a shredder so ask around, maybe your friends or family have a shredder or some shredded paper you could take of their hands.
Step 3: Preparing the Container
Take your container and ram shredded paper into the pill bottle. Make sure that you compress the shredded paper right down into the bottle with a rod, I used a glue stick as it was the perfect size to fit in the pill bottle. Keep adding more paper and compress the paper down until it is very compact and fills at least 90% of the pill bottle.
Step 4: Optional: Citronella Oil
Citronella oil is great for burning. If you have citronella oil or a similar good burning liquid although I don't recommend petrol. You can add about 100mls of it to the container and then screw the cap on to keep the fumes and the liquid in.
Step 5: Optional: Extras
Other modifications you can make to the fire lighter is to add ground match heads, ground flint or some other combustible material of your choice. You could also add a couple of matches and a striker into the containers so you don't have to worry about bringing a lighter or matches because they are contained in the kit. If you do add an oil of some kind to the kit I would recommend a small zip-lock bag if you decide to add the matches