I have found the best way to make waterproof fire starter. All you do is get dryer lint and wax. Just melt the wax and dip the lint ball in it. The flame burns high and it last few minutes. Here a video of it in action.
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
About dryer lint--a lot of it these days is synthetic fiber which melts, rather than burns. Of course, if you have a dryer load that is all-cotton fabrics (increasingly difficult these days when even most towels contain synthetics), you will have a small batch of burnable lint.
Edited by OregonMouse (09/21/1602:51 PM)
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey
Loc: Western Pa, USA
Congratulations! You've just learned what Scouts have been using since at least the 60's!
Personally, I jam cotton balls (free out of pill bottles, cheap at dollar stores) into an empty pill bottle (they're leak proof) then pour in rubbing alcohol. I can get about a dozen balls into a standard pill bottle.
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intent of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow! What a Ride!