3 Fire Starter Hacks for Wet Wood

Getting a fire going for your campsite after it rains is not an easy task. And if you're in a survival situation, it can be even harder because people usually start to panic after so many failures.

The good news is that there are a few small tricks you can add to your camping checklist or bug out bag that will ensure you get a roaring fire going even when it's wet.

Here are 3 Survival Hacks for Starting Fires with Wet Wood

1. Hot Wax and Pine Cones

I always keep a candle with me even if I don't plan on using it as a light source. The excess wax is a great water to waterproof pine cones and turns them into little fire cubes. Just let the melted wax cover your pine cone and wait for it to dry.

2. Crayons

Crayons are another one of those things that you take for granted, but can really come in handy. A crayon can burn for more than a minute which can be a big help when the wood you're trying to ignite is damp.

3. Wax + Cotton

If your hot wax is limited, you may not have enough to cover a full pine cone.  If that's the case you can use cotton pads or balls. Simply submerge them in the wax and let them dry.


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  • JOhn Bannister on

    I love these life hacks. I especially like this article because I leaned another way to start a fire please keep the articles coming

  • JOe WAtson on

    Great fire starting tricks I also use drier lent and wax carried in small candy tins

  • James on

    Instead of wax on a cotton pad or ball I use vaseline. The petroleum in it burns even hotter and will catch with a minimum of spark from a ferro rod. I carry a dozen or so in a small ziploc in my EDC.

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