Wax and Lint Tinder




About: I've always liked pulling things apart - it's the putting back together again that I have some issues with.

There are a lot of different ways to make tinder for my flint and steel igniter. One of the most popular is char cloth. It's pretty easy to make and does a great job of lighting easily. The biggest problem with it though is it can be fragile. I wanted to find something a little more ridged for my survival kit.

A search through the net also brought up lint! I recently used this in another ible' as tinder which can be found here. In the comments raptor_demon made the suggestion about adding wax to the lint and I thought that this was a brilliant idea.

The following is a simple but very reliable tinder that you can make in about 3 minutes. It burns hot and lasts for over 3 minutes.

If you have any other suggestions or ideas on how you make tinder, please add your ideas to the comments section.

Step 1: Getting Lint


1. Locate the dryer - it is usually in a place called the laundry :).

2. Open the lint draw and remove any lint available.

3. Lay the lint out flat on a piece of paper.

Step 2: Adding the Wax


1. Light a candle and tip sideways to build-up some wax

2. Drip the wax over the lint

3. Turn the lint over and drip some more wax on the other side

4. Let the wax dry a little and squeeze the lint into flat balls.

Step 3: Try One Out

That's it really. Find a small, dry container to keep your tinder in and it should last for months, probably years!

Now you've made some, you're going to want to test it. I did, and the results can be seen in the video below. The tinder lit pretty much as soon as I got a spark and burnt for over 3 minutes! I was seriously impressed with how well this worked and how easy it is to make.

If the video doesn't work try this link to YouTube

NOTE: Lint is made up of cotton and man made fabrics. Synthetic fabrics can be dangerous when on fire as they can release some funky chemicals. It won't be a problem as you don't have to blow on the tinder to get it started. Just make sure your face isn't directly above the smoke and use outside.




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    3 years ago on Introduction

    Great 'ible! Also, if you don't have lint, cutting or shredding thread, string, or fabric into tiny pieces will also work, as long as it is made from plant materials (animal hair doesn't burn as well, and like you said, synthetic fiber can release chemicals when burning).


    4 years ago

    Are you going to take it camping???


    4 years ago


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