Bacon fat as a cheap fire starter.
Access to a cheap fire starter is a good thing. I usually have 1 or 2 strips of bacon with breakfast. I’ve been doing the bacon in the microwave. I put a paper towel in a microwave bowl, then the bacon and cover with a paper towel. Afterwards the towels make great fire starters. However, you have to be careful with how you store the grease soaked paper towels because of the danger of spontaneous combustion.
After the bacon is done, the paper towel on the bottom is soaked with bacon fat. I store the soaked paper towels for fire starters.
WARNING Storing fat soaked towels presents a risk of spontaneous combustion.
Please read the warning above. If you store oil or grease soaked towels incorrectly, they can ignite. I have plenty of room in my freezer so I ball them up and put them in a plastic bag in the freezer. I suppose there is a slight danger if the power went out for too long but that is a small risk.
The paper towels, even when soaked with the grease of one strip of bacon, provide a surprisingly good starter flame.