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"Fireballs" Ultralight 2g Cotton Ball Fire Starters
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Rocco Speranza

Locale: Western NC Mtns
"Fireballs" Ultralight 2g Cotton Ball Fire Starters on 05/14/2013 13:12:01 MDT Print View

I've updated the design to the classic cotton ball fire starter. I dubbed the name accidentally when making the video. :P

I've improved them in several ways:

1. Lighter (1-3 grams each vs. 3-5 grams each)
2. Smaller
3. Less messy
4. Easier to make
5. Still just as effective as the classic ones

I made a video on how to make them:

Here is a comparison of mine vs the other styles:

Tell me what you think!
Thanks for looking!

Edited by Mechrock on 05/14/2013 17:39:57 MDT.

Erik Basil

Locale: Atzlan
An epic documentary :) on 05/15/2013 07:18:50 MDT Print View


I want to check it out, I really do! Sixteen minutes of vid is too much for me, though. I have the attention span of a squirrel in that Over the Hedge movie. :)

Can you boil down "the answer" to either a quick description or a radical new editing project that concentrates the information into a shorter video?

Randy Amos

Locale: Indiana
Let me save you some time on 05/15/2013 10:41:49 MDT Print View

Good idea man but way too much video for what it is.

Essentially, Cut the cotton ball in half, heat up petroleum jelly to liquefy it. just barely dip the half cotton ball into the liquid petroleum jelly.

Less petroleum jelly and smaller cotton ball = less weight but still has similar burn time to full size cotton balls hand dipped in room temp petroleum jelly.

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Time saver on 05/15/2013 10:46:38 MDT Print View

Thanks, Randy, for the down and dirty. Like Eric, I did not have the patience to watch the end.

Rocco Speranza

Locale: Western NC Mtns
Re: An epic documentary :) on 05/15/2013 10:56:57 MDT Print View

Yeah, guess you are right... I do tend to over explain everything in videos I make.
I think it's a habit from my other channel "Mechrocktech". When you have to explain to people how a computer works and they have no clue how, I have to go step by step.

I'll see if I can make a shorter one, but in the mean time Youtube added an awesome scrubber feature so it makes it much easier to look through longer videos like this.
Hover over the load bar and you should see a mini picture pop up of what is being shown in the video at that time.

Also, Randy pretty much explains it perfectly for those wondering!

Edited by Mechrock on 05/15/2013 10:58:25 MDT.

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Epic documentary on 05/15/2013 11:14:48 MDT Print View

Thanks for contributing, Rocco. Hope to see you in the NC hills soon. I was out there last weekend.

Bill Segraves
(sbill9000) - F - M
Re: "Fireballs" Ultralight 2g Cotton Ball Fire Starters on 05/15/2013 18:22:14 MDT Print View

Have you considered trying paraffin rather than petroleum jelly? I've been making cotton balls fire starters using melted paraffin and so far they seem to work pretty well. And no mess.


Bill S.

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(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: (...)
... on 01/08/2014 21:48:33 MST Print View


Edited by RogerDodger on 06/24/2015 10:30:16 MDT.