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    I stuffed cotton balls into a water proof match container. I tried it out last night and the cotton balls caught on fire with flint after a few strikes and stayed lit for about 1 minute. Do you think this is a good idea for a quick fire starter?

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    If you coat the cotton balls with some petroleum jelly they will burn alot longer and still take a spark. Just make sure you use real cotton balls and not sythetic ones, and do not over saturate them with the vasoline. This is what I carry in my pack because one can store about 5 in a film canister and you only need to use half of one to start a fire.

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    • #3
      Same as buckeye. Potato chips do the same thing.

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      • #4
        Like what was said before, they must be actual cotton. You could also twist a few together and maybe tie them with floss or something. These will catch just as good and stay lit longer as well.

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        • #5
          Dryer lint will also catch a sparkand burn hot.

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          • #6
            Dryer lint is the bomb. Whatever works, man, whatever works!

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            • #7
              absolutely

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              • #8
                Looking for something that really works and I mean really works even after being stored wet for a long long time! Well by’golly get’ya a small jar of good old fashion Vaseline from and a magnesium fire starter stick from your local Wal-Mart. So simple of an operation I bet David can do it. Take a 2x2 inch piece of cloth and saturate it with Vaseline and scrape a little magnesium on it and hit it with the flint side and now you have instant fire 6 to 10 minutes of flame, now compare that with any other lighter and remember you haven’t really used your fire starting resources at all. I still got the same Vaseline jar in my back pack some 10 years ago and still work as good as the day I put it in.

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                • #9
                  Yea it'll work, but smearing it with something is even better.

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                  • #10
                    I agree with everyone just make sure it is cotton

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                    • #11
                      It is cotton. Thanks you guys

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                      • #12
                        Vaseline on cotton balls and dryer lint will work very well.

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                        • #13
                          Yes it is!

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                          • #14
                            Yes it is!

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