Originally Posted by Boardnashea
I have worn a steel flat trying to start a fire. Finally got it going with frayed sisal as tinder.
In the summer I find that I can easily start a fire with dry dead grass, this time of year not a chance.
My fire lighting kits always include a ziplock baggy with cotton pads rubbed in vasaline. If you can't start a fire with those its time to either give up and go home or be cold and wet.
I have fire starter packs (kept in BOBs, day bag, car boot etc) made up of ...
Matches (Swan Vesta)
Tinder cotton pads + Vaseline (also handy for packing around optics like binoculars)
All kept inside multiple ziplock plastic bags to keep them dry.
Every stove (both gas and petrol) has a firesteel popped in with it so no chance I'd be too far away from making a fire provided I can find some dry kindling.