Petroleum Jelly Fire Starter


Most people agree that having multiple tools and tactics available to light a fire ensures the survivor is always prepared and able to create a fire in any type of weather. This post will focus on a cheap and effective fire starter that once lit, can help aid the survivor in drying out wet fuel sources until they’re able to burn effectively. Remember that having several different types of fire starters will increase the odds of being able to successfully light a fire under any conditions.

The advantage of using petroleum jelly fire starters (besides the fact they cost virtually nothing and can be made in under a minute), is they make using a fire steel or other flint based igniter much easier to use. They’re also lightweight, have a long shelf life, and can provide several minutes worth of flame. During that time, small tinder and kindling (even if wet) can be dried and ignited to form the base of the fire.

How to Make

Take a cotton ball and thoroughly rub petroleum jelly into it. That’s all there is to it. Cotton balls are naturally flammable as is petroleum jelly. When combined, the jelly, mixed into the cotton ball, provides the slow burning quality that makes this form of fire starter so useful. Feel free to experiment with other cotton ball like materials. Some other similar fuel sources include dryer lint, fluff found naturally from plants like cat tails, old socks, or pretty much anything that will burn. Just rub in the petroleum jelly and your own fire starter will be ready for action. It’s a good idea to make a batch of petroleum jelly fire starters and store them in an airtight/waterproof container and stash them in a survival kit. This, combined with a other fire starters and igniters will guarantee you can make fire when it’s needed in any circumstance.


Petroleum jelly fire starters are a great and practical addition to any survival kit. Just make sure after you make a batch, you use an airtight, waterproof container to store them in. After all, they won’t be of much use if they get soaked while in storage. It’s strongly recommended to stock several different types of fire starters as well as igniters to make sure you’re prepared for any weather. It’s also a good idea to rotate them out on an annual basis to ensure they’re functioning at full strength when the time comes that you actually need them. If you have a favorite type of petroleum jelly fire starter, let us know so that others may benefit from your knowledge!

4 thoughts on “Petroleum Jelly Fire Starter

  1. I make petroluam jelly fire starters all the time using jumbo cotton balls and pJ. I melt the pj in a double boiler in a plastic container, pour melted pj
    Into a plastic cup that cut down and immerse the cotton ball about 2/3 to 3/4’s of the way, remove and let cool on a peice of foil sprayed with nonstick spray. The make awesome fire starters and burn for about ten minutes plus!

  2. Furthermore petroleum jelly does not burn it turns into a puddle when flame is near it. I even found further evidence by others who have tested it that petroleum jelly IS NOT flammable and IS safe. You need to stop spreading lies.

  3. You are spreading false information. There is evidence on YouTube proving you’re wrong. I just watched a YouTube video dispelling the myth that petroleum jelly burns.

  4. I go to see day-to-day some websites and blogs to read articles
    or reviews, however this website presents quality based posts.

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