There are many chemical firestarters on the market. Unfortunately, it can actually be hard to find a well functioning, inexpensive replacement for the vaseline dipped cotton ball or homemade char cloth. Alcohol based gels, for example, can be difficult to ignite and often generate lower temperature flames. Solid fuels can be more difficult to ignite and tend to produce foul odors.
We take a look at a product called Fire Ribbon in the video below to find out if it makes good tender (will it ignite easily and burn long enough to ignite kindling) and might it be used as fuel in a pinch (will it burn hot and long enough to boil water). The results are interesting. Take a look.