posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 07:17 AM
Cotton balls, vaseline and dryer lint all make for some great tinder. A year ago a friend of mine showed me how to make some tinder that is little
different and requires a little more time. However, the end result is terrific.
All you need to purchase is a spool of Jute twine and a box of Gulf Wax Paraffin.(any paraffin will do, Gulf is just readily available at your grocery
Cut the Jute into 3 inch pieces
Melt a portion of paraffin over low heat in an old pot or left over tin of some sort. ( I do this on the side burner of my grill)
Once melted, drop the jute into the wax and let it soak for several minutes.
Pull it out with some tongs and let it dry on some wax or parchment paper.
You're now good to go. I pack mine in a fire starting kit contained in a waterproof mini Otterbox along with a stout fire steel a carbide scraper
and some small splinters of fat wood just in case.
To use the jute, just grab a couple of pieces and begin to break up the many strands making what is called a birds nest. It takes a spark nicely and
will smolder slow enough to get your main fuel source burning.
It's cheap, light, reliable and you can make as much as you want.
Or you can just burn some Fritos. Eat a few burn a few