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Homemade Fire Starters Making Workshop

This event is going to be about making homemade fire starters from mostly recycled materials. We’re going to make several fire starters that will have an indefinite shelf life and can be used at any time. You can stash them in your BOB, geo-stashing kit or use them when you go camping.

Fire starters offer a great advantage by allowing you to quickly create fires without having to maintain them initially. Once a fire starter has ‘started’ you can move on to more important things like setting up your shelter. They’re convenient, light weight, portable and always handy to have on hand.

Here’s a list of some of the materials you can start stockpiling now for this event:

Note: You do not have to bring anything with you to this event but if you can it would be appreciated.

Dryer lint

Egg cartons

Old wax candles

Cotton balls


Hand sanitizer (containing alcohol)

Wax paper

Duct tape


Toilet paper tubes

Pine cones

Orange peels

Newspapers (Toronto Star Preferably)

Pistachio shells

Pine Needles


Everything outlined in bold are things that we need and can never have enough of. If you can, please set them aside for this event. With the above items were going to make several different homemade fire starters.

Understanding how to create a fire by any traditional method is important, however, in an emergency or survival situation time is always against us. Having the ability to easily and quickly start a fire offers an advantage in many ways. Not only will you be able to see how several homemade starters are made you’ll also have some to take home with.

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  • Colleen

    Hi everyone,
    Che mentioned a great place to buy bulk grains. This is it.
    105 Commander Blvd, Scarborough, Ontario M1S 3M7
    Here’s the product/price list:

    1 · August 12, 2013

    • Colleen

      Sorry, this is just a product list. Please call or email for current prices. (416)[masked] [masked]

      August 12, 2013

  • michael. B

    I like to keep a fresnel lense in my firestarter kit

    2 · July 8, 2013

    • Che

      Michael, thanks for your help at the event and for the fresnel lense!

      August 12, 2013

  • Colleen

    Wow, I can't believe I took home 9 different types of fire starters all made with materials I would usually throw away or recycle! Some of the smaller ones like the vasoline-cotton ball filled straw and the strike anywhere match encased in toilet paper & wax will make nice additions to my mini survival kit and bug out bag. Thanks Che for all your preparations and everyone else who brought supplies for making this a very interesting & fun event!

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Colleen

    anyone who has not been to this location. The sign off of Bathurst (on the East side) is West Don Parkland. You can only access the enterance going north bound. You will see two parking lots to park in.

    August 10, 2013

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  • Che
    By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail, Organizer
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  • Sue
    Organizer for The Resilience Centre
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