Fire Starting – Starting a fire with Cotton Balls

Cotton balls saturated with alcohol or Vaseline make a great fire-starter.

Cottonballs on Fire

Cotton balls are a great addition to your survival kit. When soaked in alcohol or Vaseline, they make a great fire starter that will burn long enough to get even the most stubborn fire going. In fact, a Vaseline soaked cotton ball will burn for over 5 minutes, which is more than enough time to start a fire even in a wet environment.

If you’re trying to save money, another great option for starting a fire is using dryer lint.

Just like cotton, it takes a spark with very little effort.  Check out our latest fire starting video to see how easy starting a fire with lint can be.

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3 Comments

  1. This is a good idea but you can also melt a candle and soak the cotton ball in the wax and it will burn for just as long if not longer. (also its a lot less messy so you don’t have to worry about keeping it in a plastic bag) But it is a little bit harder to get it to light.

  2. I tried some bacon cold grease it got the fire started fine but,it just made me so hungry for some fresh eggs and bacon just didn’t have any. And the other backpacking group came by with their eyebrows raised when’s breakfast ready.

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