My favorite: Easy Improvised Fire Starter

Funny thing is, I use this fire starter all the time yet never thought about bringing it up here. I suppose it’s so simple and obvious I thought everyone did it (or some variation) but apparently that’s not the case.

This is by far the most common fire starter I use. I have more commercial stuff for kits but for a BBQ or to start a fire around home, start the fireplace or during a picnic this is what I do. Whenever there’s a BBQ party this is very convenient because the materials needed are already handy. People often act completely surprised as if you’re McGyver or something.

I bet there’s several variations but what I do is press one paper napkin into a ball and wrap it with the other, making somewhat of a cup.

Then I simply pour some vegetable oil inside. The paper ball absorbs most of the oil and the paper napkin acting as a cup keeps it from pouring out.

Place it in the fireplace or grill with the wood piled around it and light it up.

That’s it. It burns for a good few minutes, the more oil it has the more it burns, and it burns very hot too.

Give it a try next time!


Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”


My favorite: Easy Improvised Fire Starter — 1 Comment

  1. My go to fire starter is cotton balls with petroleum jelly, but another method I have used extensively is a wax paper cup stuffed with small twigs, pine needles, leaves, any other available tinder. I used this a lot when I went camping because I always had at least one paper cup available in the car. The wax and paper get the small stuff inside going pretty quick. With as much trash people dump, there is usually good burnables around you can gather as your moving from one place to another.

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