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Your Own Waterproof Fire Starter

by joshua stuck

Waterproof Fire Starter

I have seen many examples of fire starters but I wanted to try and make one that was made out of only primitive materials. I also wanted to make sure that it was small, waterproof and could be used with any primitive coal producing method of fire making like the hand drill or bow drill as well as more modern methods like steel and flint, Ferrocerium Rods, matches and lighters. Here is what I didů

Supplies: *Bees wax melted in a double boiler *Thin strips of birch bark *Char cloth *Jute twine pulled apart and made into a small tinder nest (Penny used to show size relationship)  

Waterproof Fire Starter
Homemade Firestarter
Begin by placing the char cloth into the center of the jute tinder nest. Then compress the tinder nest around char cloth as tightly as you can. The size of the ball can be larger or smaller depending on your own personal preferences.
Waterproof Firestarter
Wilderness Fire Starter
Next, begin wrapping the tinder with thin strips of birch bark. When it is finished being wrapped with the birch bark it should look like this.
Survival Fire Starter
Carefully dip half of the wrapped bundle into the wax to seal the bark in place.
Continue to rotate and dip in wax until completely covered. Press down any pieces of bark that may be sticking up as you go so that you end up with a fairly smooth round ball when finished. You now have a completely waterproof fire starter that you can use even in the wettest conditions.
Waterproof Fire Starter
Emergency Fire Starter
When you are ready to use your fire starter (this was done on a rainy day, on cold wet pavement, in late October, in Northeast Wisconsin) simply cut it in half, pull out the tinder nest from the inside, expose the char cloth and you are ready to go.
Water Proof Fire Starter
Emergency Fire Starter
This particular fire starter ball was started with steel and flint and burned on this wet pavement for over 10 minuets. Hope this comes in handy for you.
Survival Firestarter

The views expressed in this article are that of an independent writer who is not associated with Best Glide ASE, its suppliers or affiliates. It was submitted as part of our "survival article" incentive program, details of which may be found under our "Specials and Free Gear" Section. Joshua Stuck is an Art Teacher in Wisconsin. He does not claim to be a survival expert, but takes any opportunity to learn by personal research. He believes that primitive survival skills and self reliance are of utmost importance and centers his self taught training in this area. The views expressed above are the view of the author and are not verified or substantiated by Best Glide ASE. As always, nothing is a direct replacement for personal research, study and survival training.

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