No matches or lighter. Several years ago I was taught to keep some extra fine steel wool in the bottom of my flashlight under the spring. When you need to start a fire just stretch out some steel wool and touch it to the positive and negative ends of the battery and presto the steel wool will start burning. Be sure to have something ready to put on the steel wool it can burn fast. Pine knot. When a pine tree dies the core of the tree retains the oils. The outside layers will just fall off a tree that has been dead for a while. The pine knot is hard and usually has a few knots on it. A few small pieces of this and you are good to go. Pine pitch The pine pitch or sap has the same oils in it as the knot. Find a place on the tree that is leaking that sticky smelly stuff. Roll it into little balls and light. Can and fuel You can use a can with some dirt in it and pour in a little coleman fuel or some other type of fuel. Just enough to moisten the dirt. A little bit goes a long way. Put your can in the fire ring and get your kindling ready. Fritos. Fritos and other types of chips will get a fire started but are not the easiest thing to light. Water proofing matches. There are many ways to water proof a match. I start out with strike anywhere matches. I will coat some with a thin layer of wax. The other thing I use is clear fingernail polish. Just coat the tip with either one of these. I use the wax in the winter because it will melt in the heat of summer.