also called Sterno ......in case anyone is confused by the word "cooking gel".... took me a minute to figure out what you meantCooking gel. Used to heat the water in catering trays works excellent, Seen in Wallmart and often in dollar stores. It doesn't have a lot of other practical uses but works wonders even if the wood is actually being rained on if not there is always gasoline
Or just gather deadwood that's still on the trunks of pine trees that hasn't gotten wet, and don't burn plastic because WTF. Or shave down the outer layer of a stick that's wet until you get to the dry insides, and use the dry shavings.No birch in the NorthWest / mountains, so
Make a feather stick.
Light a plastic bag, and let the flaming death drip onto your tinder. Works every damn time.
Carry a bunch of plastic bags in your ruck.
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