I stumbled across this idea a while back somewhere online. I wish I could remember where I first saw it as I’d like to give credit where credit is due. This is a great little project and takes very little time to complete.
Here’s what you need:
–Lighter, matches, or a candle
–A long, very thin stick. Bamboo skewers like the kind for grilling food work well.
Place a dollop of the petroleum jelly in the baggie and add some cotton balls. Close the baggie and squish the jelly and cotton balls together. Work at it for a bit to get the cotton balls saturated.
Use the scissors to cut the straws roughly in half. Light your flame source and, one at a time, hold one end of each straw near the heat to soften it. Then, take your pliers and crimp the end closed.
Open the baggie and start filling each straw with the jelly soaked cotton. Use the stick to push it down into the straw. Fill each straw to about 3/4″ from the open end. Then, seal the end like you did before.
To use, simply slit the straw with a knife or razor and pull out a bit of the cotton. Fluff it up before lighting. You don’t have to pull it all out, just a bit of it. It’ll burn long enough to get your other tinder going very well.
Until you slit them open, they are completely waterproof. Very small and easy to keep in your pocket and/or various survival kits.