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Offline Jwild101

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cotton pads + wax = fire
« on: September 24, 2015, 08:33:22 PM »
Just something I ran across

Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters
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Re: cotton pads + wax = fire
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2015, 08:42:07 PM »
I have always used cotton balls and vasoline...when kids were young and we would go out in the canoe for the day we always had some in a ziplock bag...evne if they get wet they will still light

cheap and easy to do...we have bags of cotton balls and the vasoline in our preps

ours are for fire starting..I would put the ziplock bag with the balls rubbed in vasoline inside a washed out tuna tin...or can with water proof matches...I even put a wire handle on the can in case we needed to hang over fire for boiling water
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Re: cotton pads + wax = fire
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2015, 11:36:22 PM »
Another way to make great firestarters is to use wood chips, sawdust or excelsior and paper egg cartons. Place the chips in the cups, add melted wax and cut into pieces once cool and hard. Easy to light, burn well and long.


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Re: cotton pads + wax = fire
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2015, 05:30:32 AM »
I have made these swabs and found that they dont break very easy with few tiny fibres that would take to the flame quickly. perhaps the pope has a stash of wafers he could spare. can I get an 'amen?' :P
I have also made the sawdust with wax poured over it, shaped like a cookie to break and light. one word of warning.. dont pack the sawdust too tite or too thick.
you wont be able to break it  after the wax hardens.  ^-^
the cotton balls rubbed in vaseline is my fav. but I try to have as many options as possible, without needing a semi to haul my gear in the bush
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Re: cotton pads + wax = fire
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2015, 04:39:37 PM »
Another hint:  Save your dryer lint.  Pack it tightly into a cardboard egg carton and pour melted wax
                     over it.  Just make sure that you have the egg carton sitting on a piece of plastic or on
                     wax paper to avoid a mess when the melted wax soaks through the carton.
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