New PrepWithMike video: How to make your own emergency FIRE STARTERS for survival, preparedness and off-grid cooking
09/11/2020 // Mike Adams // Views

When the power grid goes down, or you've had to evacuate your home due to storms, fires or floods, you need a way to boil water and cook emergency meals without using electricity.

The answer is to use a camp stove (outdoors) that allows you to boil water. From here, you can make pasta, tea, soup, etc. Or you can use the flame to scramble eggs or cook potatoes, for example.

But how do you start a fire for your camp stove if you don't have a lighter? Emergency magnesium fire starters are popular, but very few people know how to use them. (They own them but have never used them.)

In addition, using magnesium to initiate a fire with leaves, twigs or grass is very difficult. So in this latest PrepWithMike video, available at, you'll learn how to make your own emergency fire starters using cotton balls and petroleum jelly that help you get an emergency fire going for survival / off grid purposes (obey all fire safety rules and regulations, see below, don't be the idiot who starts a wildfire...).

With these items in hand, you can easily start a small fire with a magnesium fire starter, then use grass, leaves, pine cones or other small items to get a small camp fire going (or use a rocket stove).

As a safety note, given the extreme fire hazard conditions now present in Western states, obviously take every precaution to limit the size of your fire and control the flames. Don't be the idiot who sets fire to another 50,000 acres like recently happened with a California "gender reveal" party gone bad...

It's always a good idea to have a bucket of water nearby in case you need to extinguish flames, and never leave fires unattended. Even in this video, you can see I had a fully charged fire extinguisher handy:

Watch the full video now at, which also lists real-time, in-stock preparedness and survival products from the Health Ranger Store (scroll down below the videos and podcasts to see the product listings).

This video was filmed before the recent wildfires went crazy, by the way, and the entire focus of this video is for emergency survival and preparedness / off grid cooking.


Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of, a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on called "Food Forensics"), an environmental scientist, a patent holder for a cesium radioactive isotope elimination invention, a multiple award winner for outstanding journalism, a science news publisher and influential commentator on topics ranging from science and medicine to culture and politics.

Mike Adams also serves as the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

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