DIY Fire Starters

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Easy and frugal DIY fire starter.

Easy DIY fire starter that lights instantly and cost almost nothing but your time.

DIY Fire Starter – I can almost smell it… salt water breezes and the crackle of a campfire; roasting marshmallows and wieners (check out my amazing Bailey’s dipped toasted marshmallows here). Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the spring/summer camping season. Luckily we have the good fortune to spend most of our summer at the beach. It is without a doubt my favorite time of year.

Every camping season my husband stocks up on wood for our campfires and then we usually find driftwood for the kindling but being right on the ocean means that the wood often stays a bit damp – not the best for trying to start a fire. I did a bit of research and found out that lint was a great fire starter and there’s rarely a shortage of lint in our house. I combined the lint with a few more items that most people already have in their homes and made this fantastic DIY fire starter. I have to say that these are amazing – they’ll get your fire blazing instantly (I used these all last summer and I’m preparing my next batch for the upcoming camping season). Start saving your lint today! You’ll be happy you made these when you’re struggling to get the campfire going this summer.

DIY Fire Starter Instructions

Materials:

  • Lint
  • Newspaper
  • Toilet paper rolls – cut in half
  • Candles
  • String
  • Herbs – Sage helps keep bugs away (not essential but nice if you have it)
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Cookie sheet

Directions:

  1. Place wax or parchment paper on cookie sheet and place toilet paper rolls out on the tray.
  2. Stuff each roll with lint until its pretty full.
  3. Light a candle, tilt on the side and drip wax into the roll onto the lint (always taking care not to burn yourself or light the roll or lint on fire).
  4. If you have fresh herbs, place on top of the lint in the roll.
  5. Roll a sheet of newspaper around the toilet paper roll and tie off with string so that they look like Christmas crackers.

Download your easy to make DIY Fire Starter instructions here.

Looking for more camping ideas? Preparing quick meals on camping trips is easy if you have the right recipes and ingredients. Check out this great book for your next camping trip: 100 Easy Camping Recipes

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Check out some of my other posts that would be great for camping including: Double Chocolate Pecan CookiesThe Ultimate Rice Krispie SquareBest Salad EverNo Bake Energy BallsPerfect Chocolate Chip CookiesBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

How to make a fire starter

Easy & inexpensive homemade fire starter – perfect for camping, backpackers and home fires.

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Jamey

By Jamey Ekins
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4 Comments

4 Comments on DIY Fire Starters

  1. Jacky
    May 6, 2015 at 4:30 AM (3 years ago)

    You don’t say how much candle wax to drip into the roll – just a few drips or enough to cover the surface or to seep through all the lint?

    Reply
    • Jamey
      May 6, 2015 at 8:10 AM (3 years ago)

      Hi Jacky,

      Sorry about the lack of detail there. I just dripped enough wax to cover the lint and it seemed to worked really well. My fire starters that I made last time were amazing and had the fire roaring in minutes. Thanks for the question.
      ~ Jamey

      Reply
  2. Deebi27
    June 18, 2015 at 12:02 PM (2 years ago)

    I will have to make some of these up for my hubby to use this winter!!! Thanks!

    Reply
  3. Julia
    May 19, 2016 at 5:18 AM (2 years ago)

    That is brilliant!

    Reply

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