Have you ever wondered if you could start your own fire? Being able to start a fire is one of the ultimate wilderness survival skills. I don’t plan on having to rely on myself for serious survival skills any time soon, but I was curious if I actually could start my own fire. Plus I thought it would be fun to test it out. Fire Starting Challenge!! I had recently bought the GERBER fire starter, which not only includes the ferrocerium rod and metal striker, but it also has a lanyard strap with an emergency whistle and an airtight cap that can hold tinder (it comes stuffed with a small cotton ball). Instead of using the cotton ball, I made a fire starting hack by taking a fluffy piece of dryer lint and gently stuffing it in a paper toiler paper tube. I had some small sticks handy as well. How did the fire starting challenge go? It only took a few strikes of the rod to get a spark to catch flame to the dryer lint. The tube caught fire next, then I was able to build my fire from my stash of sticks. Success! Marshmallow time?
How to start a fire… In a safe area (fire pit recommended):
- Place a toilet paper tube gently stuffed with lint from a clothes dryer.
- Use a ferrocerium rod and metal striker to direct a spark towards the dryer lint.
- Once your paper tube is showing flames, gently add small, dry sticks in a teepee pattern over the paper tube
- As the small sticks catch fire, you can add some larger sticks to grow your fire.