Do you know how to make a fire if you don’t have matches and some newspaper to start? Having a fire starting kit is essential. Yes, it will contain matches, but did you know it is best to have a specific type of matches? And what about a backup plan for if your matches runs out? Here is what should be in a fire starting kit that you keep in your emergency supply stash or even a variation of it in your go bag.
Making a fire starting kit for emergencies can help you quickly start a fire in situations where heat, light, or cooking are necessary. Here are the steps to make a fire starting kit for emergencies:
- Container: Choose a waterproof and durable container to hold your fire starting kit. A metal or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid is a good option.
- Tinder: Include a variety of tinder materials such as cotton balls, dryer lint, or shredded paper. These materials are easily ignited and will help to start your fire.
- Kindling: Include a variety of kindling materials such as small sticks, twigs, or small branches. These materials will help to sustain the fire and build it up into a larger flame.
- Multiple types of fire starters: Include fire starters such as waterproof matches, a lighter, and a magnesium fire starter. Choose a reliable and durable fire starter that you are comfortable using. It is something you will need to practice with!
- Accelerant: Include an accelerant such as fire starter gel or petroleum jelly. This will help to quickly ignite the tinder and kindling materials and get your fire going. While not absolutely necessary, it can be very helpful, especially to those who do not have as much experience starting your own fire.
- Other useful items: Include additional items such as a small saw or hatchet to help you collect wood for your fire, or a candle to help you start a fire in wet conditions.
Once you have gathered all of the materials for your fire starting kit, place them in the waterproof container and seal it with the lid. Store the kit in a cool, dry place where it is easily accessible in case of emergency.
It is important to practice safe fire starting techniques and to follow proper fire safety guidelines when using your fire starting kit. Always use caution when starting a fire, and make sure that the fire is fully extinguished before leaving it unattended.
You should consider that matches will likely be a tough commodity to come by in a longer term emergency situation, so being able to use a magnesium fire starter easily will be crucial so you can save the matches for tougher fire starting conditions, such as in a rainstorm.