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STARTING A FIRE



Unless you have a fire pit in your backyard or go camping often, it may have been a while since you last lit anything besides a candle! If you, like me, were involved in a childhood outdoor adventure group then you were taught how to light fires with matches, newspaper and twig kindling. That’s definitely ONE way, but there are MANY ways to get a fire going, and it’s good to know about ALL your options in the case of an emergency where a heating source or way to cook food and/or boil water is needed!


FLAME SOURCES:

Battery & foil Butane lighter Magnesium flint fire starter Magnifying glass Matches


KINDLING SOURCES


Candle Cotton balls Vegetable shortening Dry moss Dryer lint Gasoline Gum foil Petroleum Jelly Pine Needles Propane Steel wool Small Sticks & Twigs Wax


A RECIPE FOR HIGHLY-EFFECTIVE WAX FIRE-STARTING CUBES INGREDIENTS:  

Soy wax (or wax of your choice, including old candles)Pine shavings (AKA guinea pig bedding, at our house!)

EQUIPMENT:   

Microwave oven

Empty/cleaned  yogurt container or similar

Silicone ice cube tray or similar

PROCEDURE:   

  • Put a small handful of pine shavings into each ice cube holster.

  • Fill yogurt container with wax or old candles, and heat on HIGH for 2 minutes

  • Add another 30-60 seconds depending on how much wax is melted.Pour wax into ice cube molds until they’re almost full

  • Let wax cool, then remove fire starting cubes from molds and store in a useful spot.

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