Raw Survival – Lighting a Fire In the Rain

First of all I’d like to announce the winner of the book.  The winner is… fedup!  Congrats fedup!  Contact me at jarheadsurvivor@gmail.com and I’ll get the book to you.

I’d like to thank everybody for their comments and feedback.  It seems that we’re pretty well on track here at SHTFblog, but as is always the case there’s room to branch out a little and add more topics as well as revisiting old topics.    Again, the feedback was truly outstanding and I want you to know that I appreciate your participation.

On to today’s topic…

It was raining last weekend here in Maine, which provided a perfect opportunity to get out in the field and test my fire starting ability.  There are several tricks to starting a fire in the rain.  You either have to find dry wood somewhere or bring a firestarter so good that it will ignite even wet tinder.  I’m going to show you the firestarter that I carry in my pack and in a later post will show you how to make it.

The fire starter is made out of wax, dryer lint, and a cardboard egg carton.  To make it you simply take tufts of dryer lint and put them into each egg holder in the egg carton.  Melt the wax (carefully) and pour it into the egg carton on top of the dryer lint.  Let it dry and when you need one just tear one off the egg crate and throw it in your pack.  I usually keep one or two on hand in my pack for emergency use.

Here’s the video I made on how to start a fire in the rain:


-Jarhead Survivor