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Fire is an essential component of any bug out bag. Building a DIY fire starter kit will keep you warm, prepare meals, sterilize water, and boost your morale on a dark cook night. With this in mind, you need to make sure you have alternate ways to start a fire under dry and wet environments.

What are some basic components of a fire started kit? Here is what you need to do your own DIY fire starter kit for your bug out bag.

Types of fire starters for your fire starter kit: ferro rod, cigarette lighter, regular and fireproof matches.
Different types of fire starters

As a backup, alway have multiple ways to start a fire. The regular matches and cigarette lighters can be purchased at the dollar store. Having a magnesium ferro rod for when you run out of the matches and fuel for your lighters. And for those rainy days, you need to have water proof matches.

In regards to the ferro rod, be sure to practice using it. It’s not as simple as it looks to get a spark out of it.

Fire Starter Tinders

tinder quick tablets, fire started
coughlan's cedar fire disc to start fires

Fire tinder is combustible material to help you get the fire started. There are plenty of DIY tinder you can find around the house. One way using the lint from your clothes dryer which is highly combustible.

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Another freebie DIY tinder is using cotton balls with petroleum jelly. If you don’t want to be othered, you can also purchase Tinder Quick Tabs and cedar fire discs to get a quick fire started.

wide pencil sharpener to make wood shavings.

Pencil sharpeners are not just for kids anymore! I found this unique carpenter & lumber sharpener to use with dry wood branches and crank out thin wood shavings to start fires.



After The Fire Is Started

Here is a little grill you can put take anywhere, put over large stones or branches to cook your meals over a fire.

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set of camping pots

Here is an adorable lightweight stainless steel kettle set. Small and compact enough to fit in any bug out bag.

empty mylar coffee bag to heat up quick meals

Freebie idea: I kept a few of these mylar coffee bags. They can hold hot water to prepare instant meals such as oatmeal or freeze dried meals.

pot holder

This is a simple and small pot holder from the dollar store. Great to fit in small places.

The Complete Kit

Tactical molle pourch to keep your DIY starter kit together
Tactical Molle Pouch
tactical molle pouch to keep all fire starter items together.

Once you have all your fire starting materials, you will want to keep it organized. To keep everything in one place, you can keep all your fire starter materials in this one handy tactical molle pouch.

In Conclusion

Fire kits can be fun to put together. But you also need to know how to start a fire. Practice makes perfect. Be sure every bug out bag has a fire kit as and your get home bag in your vehicle.

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What else do you think should go in the DIY fire starter kit? Please leave your comment below.

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self.reliant.princess

During the day, Ms. Williams is a compliance officer for a major insurance agency in Florida. In her free time she enjoys the great outdoors and share her passion for the adventures life has to offer. She now shares her passion for Emergency Preparedness, making it simple for everyone to start.
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