Have you ever had Chinese take-out? You open up the smallest box, the one usually filled with rice, dump it out on a plate and are absolutely amazed with the amount of food that comes out. How is it that amount of rice comes out of such a small box? It seems to defy the laws of physics! It’s magical! 🙂
I’m a firm believer that “good things come in small packages”. When I’m out shopping, I just can’t resist the mini versions of the full-size product. The tiny jar of lip balm, the size of a quarter, is just too much for me to resist. I must buy the mini condiments of ketchup & hot sauce. My wife has received tiny tins of tea from me many times. I love small stuff and I have no idea why.
Last fall my daughter started 1st grade. She would often talk about the school’s milk cartons. This was right around the time I had the idea of designing a small box with materials to start a fire when the family went camping, a tinderbox. So I asked her to bring home her carton every day. After a few weeks, I had exactly 6 cartons to work with… Obviously not the quickest way to get these. So I decided to take matters into my own hands.
One evening I went to the school and jumped into the dumpster looking for lunchroom trash bags. There I was, inside a smelly, nasty dumpster at night, groping trash bags for that distinguishable but elusive school milk carton. Had I completely lost my mind? How would I explain this to the police or my Wife if I was discovered? But I was on a mission to get those tiny containers at all cost. I HAD to test my theory of the tinderbox. I was able to gather 43 empty cartons without incident. I washed them out with the garden hose and put them in the shed to dry. Now for the next stage…
A few weeks later, I had collected all sorts of materials to put inside my milk cartons. I had spent every spare moment thinking about how to construct this “tinderbox” in a way that would make it the most effective. I was packing as much material into those tiny cartons as I could possible fit. I felt just like the guy at the Chinese restaurant packing rice.
I was moving forward with this plan to provide easy ways to start our fires when camping. I wanted to have instant fire whenever I needed it. Then one evening my wife & I were watching a TV show about a guy alone in a barren wasteland trying to start a fire with a gum wrapper and a 9 volt battery. A thought came to me, “This guy needs one of my tinderboxes” and the light bulb went on Full Power! All the gears in my head started to align & spin in my mind. I’m going to sell these to others. I’m not insane, I’m an entrepreneur!
Looking back on it now, 10 months later, I’m finally at the place I wanted to get to and it’s only the beginning. I
believe that what I’m making can help you successfully start a fire every time. I dream of my tinder being the thing that saves someone’s life some day. No longer do you have to be a seasoned primitive survivalist skill expert to start a fire with only a spark & a prayer. Even in the harshest inclement weather conditions, you can have the lifesaving comfort of a fire at your fingertips. Dragon Fire Tinderbox is something I believe in and once you try it, you will be a believer too.