Fire Starter in a Drinking Straw
This is one of the best and most convenient fire starters that I’ve come across in a long time. Many of us know that cotton balls rubbed with petroleum jelly make great fire starters, but they are messy and not real convenient to carry. This method makes it easy to carry these little fire balls and they won’t leak and get on your clothing or other gear. All you need to make these is some cotton balls, petroleum jelly, a plastic drinking straw, a pair of scissors, and a small stick. Start off by taking a cotton ball or two and rubbing them thoroughly with petroleum jells. While you’re at it go ahead and pull apart the cotton into thin shreds. Pictured below: top, Rubbing petroleum jelly into cotton balls: bottom, shredded up cotton
The next part is a little hard to describe, but the pictures should make it easier to understand.
5. Use the stick to tamp the cotton down tight in the straw.
Wipe off any petroleum jelly that you got on the outside, and you now have a leak proof, waterproof, convenient fire starter that you can add to a survival kit, put in your glove box, or drop in your pocket. To use the fire starter just cut it open, fluff up the cotton and light it up. This stuff will ignite easily using a metal match type fire striker.