Keep a Candle Handy for the Best Firestarter in a Survival Kit


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firestarter candle infographicFor many people who are just getting started into the world of prepping and learning to become prepared for survival situations, the idea of starting a campfire can be a daunting one.

For the inexperienced, starting a fire can be quite difficult. If you were to add less than ideal conditions such as rainy weather to the equation, this simple task can become next to impossible for some people. That is if you don’t have what I consider to be the best survival fire starter with you.

For the next few minutes I’ll be telling you about what my secret fire starter weapon is. As a matter of fact, I think you’ll be quite surprised to learn that you can often start a campfire even in wet conditions with just two simple inexpensive items.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s always a good idea to have a few options when it comes to starting a fire, but in general, I have found that with two simple items, I can usually get a fire started in most any condition.

Two Firestarter Items I Never Leave Home Without

I think you’re going to be quite surprised when I tell you that my favorite two items for starting the fire are a simple disposable butane lighter and a candle. That’s it! Sure, there are plenty of other options that I could choose but my experience has shown that in most cases, these two items will get the job for me done just fine.

Let me take a minute and explain why these are my favorite fire starting tools. First, let’s look at the butane lighter. These little gadgets are quite easy to use, and even in subzero temperatures when your dexterity isn’t the best, most people can strike a flame with the butane lighter.

I should point out that in very low temperatures, you may have a hard time getting the lighter to strike a flame. This is because when the butane is very cold, it doesn’t vaporize very well, if at all. This problem can often be remedied by simply being proactive and keeping the lighter warm or by spending some time warming it up. One way to do this is to hold it under your shirt in your armpit until your body heat warms it up enough for the butane to be able to vaporize at a fast enough rate that it will be able to sustain a flame.

For the sake of making sure that you’re well-prepared, it might not be a bad idea to carry an alternative such as strike anywhere waterproof matches during really cold temperatures just in case you can’t get your butane lighter to work.

Regardless of what you use to get the initial flame, what I’ve found to be one of the most effective fire starters is a candle. We all know how fast a flame will burn through a match. If you have paper matches, they burn down even faster.

The secret behind why I feel like a candle is the best firestarter is really quite simple. Always remember that the key to starting a fire is in the preparation. You really need to make sure that you take the time to prepare the tinder, kindling, and firewood properly. Once you have made the preparations to start a fire, it’s really quite simple. Whether you use a match or a lighter, all you have to do is light the candle. A candle will burn for quite some time if you shield it from the wind while a match will only burn for a few seconds.

If the conditions are ideal and you have perfectly dry tinder, starting a fire with a match is really quite simple. But, on the other hand, if the conditions are less than ideal and the wood that you are trying to use is a little bit damp, you’ll find that your matches will usually burn out long before you’re able to get your fire started. As a matter of fact, you could use up an entire box of matches trying to get a fire started because they burn out so quickly. The advantage of using a candle is that it will stay burning for quite some time and even if your tinder is a little bit damp, the heat from the candle can often dry it out enough for it to begin burning.

Well, now you know what I personally believe is the best fire starter for my needs. Carry these two simple items with you in your day pack or backpack when you’re in the woods and you’ll find that starting a fire can be quite simple.

What Are Your Thoughts?

I love hearing from the readers of Preppers Illustrated! Please take a minute and leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite items for starting a campfire are.

Stick Around For a While!

If you found this article interesting, I think you’ll also like my article called Top 11 Survival Items I Carry When I’m In The Woods. If you have the time, you really should check it out!

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