My husband just went camping with some guys this past weekend. They went backpack camping, not car camping, just to clarify.
He says fire starters are expensive. But yet they're the best way to start a fire while backpacking.
So, take a few (try three...) cotton balls, and place them in a film container (remember those??) and add petroleum jelly. Then, when you're in the woods, put the kindling down, take out three cotton balls which are covered in petroleum jelly, and light them on fire.
Easy, cheap & fun for you pyromaniacs.