Emergency Fire Starter

Fire Starter 

In the last 4 months, we’ve had: ( no lie), no power, frozen pipes, two floods and a broken water heater. Obviously it’s time for another emergency preparedness tip. This ones a cinch to put together and hopefully will NOT be needed anytime soon.
This emergency fire starter kit can be kept on hand in your storage or garage or thrown in with your camping gear.
We used a plastic container simply because it’s not breakable. This container originally held miniature marshmallows, but any jar will do.

Wooden “strike anywhere” matches
Cotton balls or make-up removing pads dipped in wax*

We cut a piece of sandpaper to fit under the lid for a quick match strike pad, but you could just put a piece inside the jar.
The wax dipped pieces insure something dry to start a fire in your fireplace or campfire and they are great fuel! We made several to put in different locations in the house and out. We hope we don’t need them but they’re there.
These kits would be fun to make with a group of scouts or as a family if you pick a night to discuss emergencies. You could even make some as gifts for your family member’s emergency kits.
Be prepared. Not scared. That’s our motto.

* We dipped the cotton balls/ pads in melted scented wax that was ready to be dumped.

Emergency Heater

Emergency Stove


I’m kind of a worrier.  We’ve mentioned before that at the first “real” sign of Winter the nester in me starts up and I’m preparing for a calamity.  In November I filled 8 big containers with water and put them in the garage in a nesting frenzy.  In January our pipe gave out….not just any pipe, THE pipe. The one that helps you wash your hair and flush your toilets, and wash your dishes. Ugh.
Poor hubby heard water running at 4:00 in the morning.  He had to dig through 3 feet of snow in 5* temps to find the main water valve and turn it off. OFF.  We had no running water for three days.  Truthfully we’d turn it on once a night to flush and turbo shower.  We’d just let water leak into the house.  (We have some cleanliness standards).   Anyway, we used the emergency water in the garage. We boiled it and washed dishes, flushed the toilets with buckets and kept things running until we got help.  Not glamorous, but definitely a blessing.
That experience made for some emergency preparedness searching.  We found a good one here. It’s an emergency heater for your 72 hour kit in case the power goes off for a titch. Obviously it’s for a car or small space, and you need ventilation, but it’s totally easy to make and store. It took 3 minutes no lie.


New, quart-sized paint can ( Home Depot $3.50 )

  1. Unscented 70% isopropyl alcohol
  2. Large toilet paper roll
  3. One quarter and a pack of matches ( to tape to the can for easy opening )

Pull the inside tube out of the toilet paper. Pour the alcohol over the toilet paper. Seal the can with the lid. To use the heater, simply light the roll.  The end.

We are going to put an emergency tip or idea in our blog every so often.  Being prepared takes away your fear.