Fire Starter for Camping / Fishing

Vaseline Cotton Ball Fire Starter

D.I.Y. Fire Starter

D.I.Y Fire Starter How To

A Fire Starter is very easy to make and not very expensive.I really enjoy the outdoors. No matter if you like to fish , hunt , camp or any other various activities you will find yourself at some point probably wanting to build a fire. A fire can bring warmth on the coldest of days. You can also cook of course on a fire so if you are doing any of the various activities mentioned above this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors for a longer period of time. Also as the day turns into night fire can provide a light source as well so you can see your surroundings.

This is the easiest way to make a fire starter which can be used even in wet conditions. All you need are some 100% cotton balls which you can buy anywhere and petroleum jelly (vaseline). I simply fold a Ziploc back inside out and scoop some of the petroleum jelly inside. I add some cotton balls and work it into the cotton. Once ready all I have to simply do is pull out a soaked cotton ball and light on fire. You will see that it will stay lit a lot longer and make it that much easier to build a fire.


100% Cotton Balls

100% Cotton Balls

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum Jelly ( Vaseline)

Vaseline into the Ziploc

Vaseline into the Ziploc

Cotton Balls into the bag

Cotton Balls into the Ziploc Bag

Mix Cotton Balls and Vaseline inside the bag











Mix the cotton balls and Vaseline inside of the bag.

Light the cotton ball on fire

Light the cotton ball on fire.

Cotton ball burns slow now


The cotton ball will now burn slowly.

Very slow burn time


This is a very slow burn time allowing you to have a better chance of getting your fire lit in time.

Below is my YouTube video or you can click here Video that shows you step by step how to create your own fire starter in only a few steps.  I also included a supply list beneath the video as well so you know exactly what to buy. Most supply items can be bought from local stores such as a dollar type store, chain store or other outlets you may have near you locally. These are very inexpensive to make as well.



Supplies Needed

  1. 100% Cotton Balls
  2.  Petroleum Jelly ( Vaseline )
  3.  Ziploc Bag
  4.  Matches , Lighter , Magnesium Rod

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