Mayans have been using natural pine fatwood sticks as candles and fire starters. These sticks have a high resin content which burns easier and hotter than paper, wax and other fire starters.
These resin sticks will light easily and burn hot. Skip the petrochemicals (especially on any fires you will cook on).
These fire starters are harvested from the stumps of "Pino Del Ocote" from non-endangered, non-rainforest, non-living trees.