Who was it that sang, you can’t start a fire without a spark?
– Bruce Springsteen, Dancing in the Dark.
Yeah, that’s it, and you can’t start a fire without tinder either, and what if you find yourself camped somewhere it’s recently been raining, any tinder you rustle-up is damp and you need to get a fire going and it doesn’t wanna lite so easy?
I’ll tell you “what then,” waterproof firestarter… homemade, in less than 30 minutes.
Here’s the formula.
You will need:
- 1 – old coffee tin
- 1 – medium-sized pot of water about half-full
- 1 lb. paraffin (beads if possible, or chopped up into small chunks)
- spool of natural brown craft twine, 100′ or so
Get a few cups of pure paraffin wax melted down in the old tin, set in the pot of boiling water.
Once the consistency is hot and runny, spool twine into the hot wax, in a spiral formation.
Keep spooling in the twine until it reaches just below the surface of the wax, let it “cook” over low boil for about 15 minutes to infuse twine thoroughly, then shut off the heat and let it cool in the can.
But don’t let wax and twine harden in the can, just cool enough to handle, still pasty and pliable you’ll gently re-spool the waxy twine onto the original spool, bag, and store.
Then next time you need to start a fire, cut off a few inches of this stuff and light it to get your (damp) sticks and leaves going.
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“uncle” Abe Yankee