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How To Make Fire Starter Rope

Do you want to make your own fire starter tinder rope for camping or survival situations? 

It’s easy, affordable, and a useful skill to have in the outdoors. The perfect addition to your everyday carry too!

In this article, I’ll show you how to make fire starter tinder rope step by step.


First, let’s talk about what fire starter tinder rope is and why it’s useful. 

Fire starter tinder rope is a bundle of natural fibers that have been soaked in wax or another flammable material. 

It’s a highly combustible material that catches a spark easily and burns slowly, making it ideal for starting fires.

What Is The Best Twine For Fire-Starting?

There are several types of twine that can be used for fire-starting, but the best one is typically made of natural fibers that are highly flammable and easy to ignite.

Jute twine is a popular choice for fire-starting because it is affordable, readily available, and highly flammable.

It is made from the fibers of the jute plant, which are twisted together to form a strong, lightweight cord.

Jute twine is also relatively easy to ignite, making it a great choice for starting fires in a variety of situations.

Another good option is hemp twine, which is made from the fibers of the hemp plant.

Like jute twine, hemp twine is highly flammable and easy to ignite, making it a reliable choice for fire-starting.

It is also strong and durable, making it useful for a variety of other purposes as well.

Ultimately, the best twine for fire-starting will depend on your specific needs and circumstances. However, jute and hemp twine are both great options to consider.


How Is Fire Rope Made?

To make fire starter tinder rope, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Natural fibers (such as cotton, jute, or hemp)
  • Wax or another flammable material (such as pine resin or petroleum jelly)
  • A pot or double boiler
  • A heat source (such as a stove or campfire)
  • A wooden spoon
  • Scissors or a knife

Here’s how to make fire starter tinder rope

  1. Cut the natural fibers into long, thin strips. The strips should be about 1/4 inch wide and 6-8 inches long.
  2. Melt the wax or flammable material in a pot or double boiler over low heat. 
  3. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon until the material is completely melted.
  4. Dip each strip of natural fiber into the melted wax or flammable material, making sure it’s fully coated.
  5. Remove the coated strip from the pot using the wooden spoon and let it cool for a few seconds.
  6. Take several coated strips and twist them together tightly to form a rope. 
  7. Continue twisting until you have a bundle of rope that’s about the size of your hand.
  8. Dip the bundle of rope into the melted wax or flammable material again, making sure it’s fully coated.
  9. Hang the bundle of rope to dry. 
  10. You can hang it on a clothesline, a tree branch, or anywhere else that’s convenient. Make sure the rope is completely dry before using it.

That’s it! Your fire starter tinder rope is ready to use. 


How To Start A Fire With Fire Starter Rope

To start a fire with it, simply unravel a section of the rope and fluff it up to expose the fibers. Then, use a fire starter (such as a lighter or matches) to ignite the fibers. 

The rope will catch fire and burn slowly, giving you enough time to add more kindling and fuel to the fire.

For more fire starting tips, follow our guide on how to make a fire in a fire pit.

Making a fire starter tinder rope is an easy and affordable way to ensure you have a reliable fire starter in the outdoors. 

It’s a skill every outdoorsman should have in their arsenal. So go ahead and make your own fire starter tinder rope today – you won’t regret it!