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Video: Surefire way to start a survival fire in standing water or really wet conditions

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The more desperately you need a survival fire, the harder it will be to start one. That’s Murphy’s Law as it relates to survival fire making, and it is generally true.

Here are three common items that virtually guarantee that you can get a fire started, even under really adverse conditions. In this case, the technique is used in standing water.

by Leon Pantenburg

My go-to fire making kit has four different methods of ignition, and none of them will work in all circumstances and situations. That’s why I have four different ignition tools. (Learn which methods will work under the most extreme conditions in the ignition story.)

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The cotton balls infused with petroleum jelly will  burn when the weather is wet and nasty.

This method shown in the video, using a ferrocerium rod with cotton balls infused with petroleum jelly is very reliable and time-tested. Survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt taught me this technique that adds a foil yogurt top. (You can use any piece of foil, but I like recycling whenever possible.) It boosts the efficiency tremendously and allows starting fires in extremely wet conditions.

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