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How to Start a Fire without Kindling

Fire is essential for survival. Start a roaring fire with one of these simple fire starters.


  • Step 1: Use chips Use your favorite potato chips as a fire starter. Light the chip with a lighter or a match and it will burn for approximately 3 minutes.
  • Step 2: Use lint Pack a toilet paper roll with dryer lint. When you are ready for a fire, pile wood around it and light the center of the cardboard roll.
  • Step 3: Use pine needles Use pine needles or pinecones to start a fire. Pine cones are quick to catch fire and give off a great aroma.
  • Step 4: Use newspaper Roll five newspapers into a tight tube, tie the tube into a knot, and light the knot on fire. The tight paper will burn slowly, allowing more time for your wood to catch fire.
  • TIP: Tying the paper into a knot will prevent the layers from moving around when lit.
  • Step 5: Save dry bark Save and dry small pieces of tree bark. Bark catches fire quickly and will maintain embers for a long time.
  • Step 6: Use dry debris Use dry debris from your yard, such as twigs, leaves, and moss to start a fire.
  • Step 7: Enjoy Enjoy a night under the stars next to the warmth of a fire.
  • FACT: In 2008, fire killed more Americans than all natural disasters combined.

You Will Need

  • Potato chips
  • A lighter or match
  • Toilet paper
  • Dryer lint
  • Pine needles
  • Pine cones
  • Newspaper
  • Bark
  • Twigs
  • Leaves
  • Moss

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