Self Lighting Fire Starters





Introduction: Self Lighting Fire Starters

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Here's an idea that I've found helpful whenever I go camping. Self lighting fire starters aren't new and have been around for a while, except I put a slight twist on it instead of using strike anywhere matches I'm using storm matches. Storm matches, if you're unfamiliar with them the're basically matches that will burn in any condition, they are matches on steroids if that gives you an idea. Well here it is, I hope you enjoy.

Step 1:

You will need the following:
  • Storm matches 
  • Hot, melted candle wax
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels

Step 2:

Start by cutting the paper towel into strips.

Step 3:

If the strips are too big then trim them to be slightly shorter than the match.

Step 4:

After your piece is cut, wrap it around your match and dip it in the melted candle wax.

Step 5:

After you pull it out, let it dry for a few seconds, once it's dry then it's ready to use. All you do to light it is strike it like a regular match then place it under some dry sticks and start your fire. It will burn for about a minute and will burn in the rain, wind, and cold to get your fire burning.

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34 Discussions

Has anyone tried this but instead of toilet paper used cotton balls with vaseline?

Thanks for sharing. Must use this idea one day.

In my endeavor I have used lint, I collect from our Laundry mat.
10 lbs block parraffin ( A BIG PAIN TO CHOP WITH A CAST ON)
And oooooopdlesbof matches

no egg cartons due to possible Salmonella contamination


My friend is paying through his nose for fire starters approved by Health Department

One item I keep in my survival knife handle in addition to the strike anywhere matches is a few of the "trick" birthday candles {bought from the $1.00 store @ ~circa 10/$1.00} that require the user to manually extinguish them once lit. The candles last much longer than a match and can be reused several times once the fire is started!

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I keep those in my kit as well, in fact here's the link for that:

I also have these because all you need is a sticker to light them. Thank you for your comment :-).

NICE! so useful! i used a bit off a sparkler instead of matches. also, my one shoots out a flame about 15 cm's long! Thanks :)

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that sounds awesome, do you think I could see it, because that sounds like an extremely fun project. Thank You for your comment. ; )