You can make a quick fire starter very easily All you need are six or eight wooden sticks such as popsicle sticks or wooden coffee stirrers. Make a bundle out of these by wrapping them around a piece of string such that the string protrudes from one end by half an inch or so. Tie the bundle together with another piece of string or thread. Then drip wax from a lighted candle over the bundle and protruding string until covered all the way around. Let this cool to room temperature. When it comes time to start the fire,simply place the bundle under the kindling and light the wax-covered string. You may want to make several at once and have them on hand.