Cotton Ball and Petroleum Jelly Fire Starters
Cotton balls that are covered with petroleum jelly work very well. The cotton acts like a wick, allowing the petroleum jelly to burn while minimizing the consumption of the cotton itself. You can get a few minutes of burn time out of a single cotton ball, using this method.
Directions for making your own Cotton Ball and Petroleum Jelly Fire Starters
Add some of the cotton balls to the bag
Knead the petroleum jelly into the cotton balls, remember you don’t want the cotton balls totally saturated. They are easier to light with a spark if some of the cotton remains free of petroleum jelly
Video testing the burn time of a regular cotton ball against the Cotton Ball and Petroleum Jelly Fire Starters