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Thursday, February 25, 2010

How To Make A Fire With Vaseline

How to make a fire with Vaseline, or more correctly petroleum jelly.

I don't know about you, but I like things to be as easy as possible and this seems to be the easiest method that I've found...It's almost a surefire way to start a fire.

Materials to use:

toilet paper rolls, petroleum jelly, dryer lint, applicator stick

Rather than using cotton balls, I prefer to use dryer lint and toilet paper rolls as it keeps the waste down by re-purposing them.

Step one:
Use a stick, a spoon or a knife to spread the petroleum jelly on the cotton balls or dryer lint. Be very careful not to get this stuff on your fingers, clothes or any other flammable materials. When ignited it's like napalm.

I demonstrated with the following photo in case you don't happen to have a toilet paper roll. It's actually easier (and cleaner) to just use your stick to wipe off the petroleum jelly inside the roll first, and then stuff the cotton or dryer lint into the roll.

Spreading petroleum jelly on dryer lint (That is a concrete floor by the way, DO NOT do this on carpet or a flammable surface.)

Step two:
Stuff the dryer lint into the toilet paper roll, and place the roll into your fireplace or fire pit underneath your wood.

Step three:
Thoroughly wipe off any petroleum jelly that you may have gotten on yourself.

Step four:
Ignite the toilet paper roll and lint. I prefer to use a long utility lighter
that keeps my hand away from the fire.

And there you have it. No paper or even kindling needed.


Children should never light fires without adult supervision, unless with thorough training and in an extreme survival situation. In addition We are not responsible for your use or misuse of this information. Always consult with a professional before attempting any potentially dangerous activity.

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