Hey guys! Years ago I had an old friend of mine (long past on now) tell me how to build a surefire way to make a fire when I'm in bad shape. We used to trap the rivers and every once in a blue moon one of us would take an unplanned dunking in ten degree weather. And I tell you, that's a bad deal when you take a swim in water that feels more like fire and when you get out you instantly start seizing up with cold. You need a really quick way to get that moist junk on the riverbank to burn NOW. His way was to always have a fire starter. His was built in a tuna can, but any container would work. You'd then fill that can with thick corrugated cardboard round and round in the inside. Then you'd put one bit of cardboard into a U shape coming out of the can and crossing the can so you have a place to put the match. Fill the can with lard and thoroughly soak the cardboard. These things would light easily in the cold with one match and burn for thirty or forty minutes at least. By that time any wood over the top has dried out and started. I never actually burned one in the driveway to time it. I've been working on making a better version of this. As you can imagine, the lard filled can was kind of clumsy and messy to use. So I just took a small plastic bottle (an old pill bottle) and filled it most the way with cedar sawdust and lard, then I put two lard soaked cotton balls on top. I'll try to light this with a ferro rod in a little while and see how long it burns. I have found in my own testing that the lard burns longer than Vaseline and starts just as easy. I'll update this when I burn it. Please, let me know what great little fire starters you use. I'm always itching for new knowledge, and you guys are loaded with great ideas!!