In the comments, someone wanted to see if these could be started with a ferro rod. Here’s your answer:
From the man who makes them: “Those who have bought from reading here said they wished the listing had the ones with jute in them. If you put in the notes or send an email you found them here Ill mix and match what you want at no additional cost. This is a thank you for supporting this site. Halfpint45
Always clearing my 6 God Bless”
Every now and again, I find a great little survival product on ebay that actually performs like it’s supposed to, is very reasonably priced, and gives you the confidence you’re looking for in a survival product.
In this case, it’s a Fire Starter – Tinder that’s homemade by the seller, and sold exclusively on ebay, who goes by ‘halfpint45’. He offers it in several variations of numbers and two configurations.
One has jute interwoven and the other does not. They’re extremely light, waterproof, and, if one used an entire piece, would last longer than vaseline infused cotton balls, and are a hell of a lot less messy.
I ordered the larger 50 pack of the ‘plain jane model,’ (full disclosure) and included a few of the jute interwoven for me to try out. (Full disclosure – I had told him after the transaction about DTG’s blog and that I was going to do a review, so he threw them in and instructed me to be straight up no matter what I thought.) The waxed jute interwoven into the cotton rope makes this fire starter ‘super charged,’ if you will.
I ordered the large lot – 50 of the wax cotton starters for $10.35, shipped – about .20 cents each. Not bad for a supply that size – I might get a couple more for stored preps at that price! He’s also got an option to get 12 with jute, 20 plain, a striker, a ferro rod and 4 feet of waxed jute for $10.97. SHIPPED.
In discussion with him, he says he can offer these so inexpensively because he buys all his materials in bulk. Makes sense to me. Now, I’m sure the DIY types can probably make these easily at home if you have the time and don’t mind whatever mess it’ll make, but for me, having them made up and ready to go is worth the cost. I’ve got some now in my ‘get home bag’, my SHTF ruck, my LBE, and my windproof smock. All for under $11. Not too shabby.
Bottom line? They. Work.
The one thing I’m doing is in each area I’ve added these, I prep one or two by shredding the ends, so that if I’m in a situation where I need “Fire, NOW!”, getting one lit will be that much faster (I also have several lighters stashed on my person at any given time, so I would go to that first, before employing a ferro rod/striker combo. So, they’re added to my fire kit, along with some very dry red pine slivers, dryer lint, ‘wet fire’ tinder pieces, some magnesium, I’m pretty confident I can get a fire going most ricky tick.
All in all, I give this neat little product an AAA+ rating. Check this seller out and get a few; you won’t be sorry.