Here is a simple and inexpensive way of making fire starters that are portable, water proof, compact, and reliable. These fire starters can be manufactured from found raw materials such as discarded drinking straws, char cloth, jute string, and cooking fat. (if cotton balls and petroleum jelly aren't available) These fire starters make good economical 'good will' trade goods. Heating the crimping tool might make a tidier crimp and be less liable to prematurely ignite the fire starter than exposing the straw to an open flame. This technique works best with plastic straws...with waxed paper straws YMMV. A bunch of these may save your life, or at the very least...a cold miserable night. Drinking straws as containers have other uses too.... labelling / coding the straws would help in using the right commodity for the right purpose without guess work and nasty surprises.