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Well my girlfriend decided we wanted to have a garage sale ALL weekend. Boredom ensues.

This idea just popped into my head to have a little lightweight fire starting kit. I peeled some poplar tree bark, shaved some tinder off an old branch and rolled it up. its nice because the tinder is held in there and doesn't shake out.

I just feel like it's missing something. Any suggestions for improvement? Thanks
 

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Well my girlfriend decided we wanted to have a garage sale ALL weekend. Boredom ensues.

This idea just popped into my head to have a little lightweight fire starting kit. I peeled some poplar tree bark, shaved some tinder off an old branch and rolled it up. its nice because the tinder is held in there and doesn't shake out.

I just feel like it's missing something. Any suggestions for improvement? Thanks
Assumming you have poplar trees....expired TP rolls work well too....
not to mention sawdust.....
 

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Yeah maybe if you took a tp roll, filled out with saw dust and other things. Then you could tape the ends shut so the sawdust can't fall out.
 

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Yeah maybe if you took a tp roll, filled out with saw dust and other things. Then you could tape the ends shut so the sawdust can't fall out.
Better yet, crimp one end shut, fill it with sawdust or dryer lint.....believe it or not dryer lint is flammable as heck!
 

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I have some stockpiled in my camping bag. Maybe I'll shove some of that in there
 

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Cut a TP roll. Wipe the inside with Vasaline and fill with cottenballs that have been pulled apart. Wrap it tight to hold everything with blue tape and a strike anywhere match and its gtg...
 

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Better yet, crimp one end shut, fill it with sawdust or dryer lint.....believe it or not dryer lint is flammable as heck!

Cotton drier lint synthetics not so good sometimes.
I keep up on my fire starting skills every time I BBQ. I don't use Boy Scout juice or any other starters. I have been trying different methods of fire starting ie lint,twigs,paper etc. I still use matches for now but plan to start trying it with my striker for practice. I figure why not use the times to "test" a few ideas so IF I ever need um Ill know what works the best. Plus it is fun to try different ideas.
 

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Dryer lint starts many fires in homes ,every year.
If your dryer is warm and your clothes are not drying check your exhaust vent and flex
hose to see if they are packed with lint.
 

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This is exactly why I know it makes a good fire starter
 

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coconut husk is the go to for tinder here
 

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Excellent proof of concept OP...ideas like that are never wasted effort...improvements can always be thought up but knowing it will work in its current form is pretty sweet...

Personally, I have 4 different ways to make fire in my supply cache--ferro rod, fire piston, lighters, matches--for tinder I have vacuum sealed newspaper with cardboard inserts, dryer lint (as suggsted) and also invested in some commercial firestarters...

Your idea is an excellent addition to that since it is all natural and recurring!
 

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Excellent proof of concept OP...ideas like that are never wasted effort...improvements can always be thought up but knowing it will work in its current form is pretty sweet...

Personally, I have 4 different ways to make fire in my supply cache--ferro rod, fire piston, lighters, matches--for tinder I have vacuum sealed newspaper with cardboard inserts, dryer lint (as suggsted) and also invested in some commercial firestarters...

Your idea is an excellent addition to that since it is all natural and recurring!
Well thank you sir. It just came to me out of nowhere.
 

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I keep the above fire tools, (minus the piston). the piston aint worth the hassle. I prefer a sparker wheel, very low cost at Amazon. I also keep a magnifying glass, steel wool, and a bit of insulated wire. A AA battery from my light will start fire with steel wool and the wire. You'd have to put the bark inside of a plastic bag, with rice or a dessicant, to keep it dry. I prefer my vasolined cotton balls, for reduced bulk and weight, and having the vasoline for use on foot "hot spots",
 

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Take strike anywhere matches and dip them in wax. Make them waterproof and when you need it just rub the wax off into your fire started and light the match
 

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I've always used cotton balls covered in Vaseline crammed in an old film container for safe keeping. 1 ball usually burns for 3-5 minutes.
 

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That's a good container idea
Was shown that in hunter safety class when I was 11-12 ish when film cameras were the norm and empty canisters were a plenty.
 
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