How to Make Mini Straw Fire Starters (easy)

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Awesome little WATERPROOF fire starter ready to Go!
Can be used for camping or survival kit (made a survival kit with straw fire starters in it check it out)

Step 1: What You Will Need

-Straw(s)
-pliers
-Pointy stick has to fit inside straw
-Cotton rounds
-lighter or match

Step 2: Step 1

Cut the straw with scissors about an inch apart

Step 3: Step 2

Take and one inch straw you cut and hold it with the Pliers about 0.5 mm from the end.

Step 4: Step 3

Now light the lighter or matches and fuse the straw shut

Step 5: Step 4

Now stuff the straw with as much cotton as you can fit but leave some room in the straw to seal it later

Step 6: Step 5

Final Step: Hold the straw again about 0.5 mm from end and seal it up

Step 7: Cut and Light

When you want to use it just cut it and light it Spread the cotton it light it easier
Your Done!!
 Have fun and be safe!!

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134 Discussions

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Kona-chan

5 years ago on Step 7

i think it's better to use bigger straws, and some hay in it,
and, maybe you can make a smale rope in it, so you light it and then it burns , a better idea when you don't have a knife with you

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GoldenBeaconG

3 years ago

awesome and SUPER simple, you can waste 2 dollars and make more than 50! True survival!

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_ville01_

4 years ago

put inside of it alcohol then you dont need open it to light it and it burns better

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cacj131

4 years ago

Put petroleum jelly on the cotton balls, it makes it better, WAYYYY better :)

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Pichu47

7 years ago on Introduction

Couldn't slathering them in petroleum jelly or hand sanitizer or something else flammable possibly make it light better?

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Grazerquartdim20

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

you have to be careful if you do so it does not burst into flames in your hand

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Grazerquartdim20

Reply 5 years ago

just dont let it drip on your hands or down the pliers

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Southpaw69Pichu47

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Yeah, I was going to post this.

Add some vaseline (petrol jelly) to make the cotton extra flammable.

Incidentally, this 'ible is a good way to make lots of 'single serving' portable waterproof items, like salt & pepper, small pills, even liquids, like alcohol, oil, etc.

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XdruidX

5 years ago on Introduction

40g sugar 60g Salt peter caramelized and fill a whole straw, see how that lights a fire

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mwumichaelXdruidX

Reply 5 years ago

That would make a lot of smoke, but for a small fire it should be ok,
What you listed is the recipe for a common smoke bomb, You don't want that, and plus 100g of the stuff would needs a lot of straws to fill, but good idea, for a camping situation or survival you want to keep you profile small, and not incapacitate yourself by creating all the smoke within a small area.

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survival dude 67

5 years ago

another thing that you could do is melt the ends of the straw like you do making the fire starters. fill the straws with neosporin or burn cream and put them in a fist aid kit

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loony1

5 years ago on Step 7

This is an awesome idea! Where is the VOTE button on this one...

Thumbs up man!