Summer is a great time to have campfires and cooking over the grill. Here are 8 kicka$$ ways to make firestarters!
(Please practise with the utmost caution – have nearby water and never in an area that could cause a forest fire.)
Do you use that certain melted wax product to scent your home? Take a cotton round (you can get these at the dollar store) and dip it into your used wax. Set it aside to dry. You can usually get at least three or four wax-filled pads from each cube of wax. Add match and voila!
Save up or purchase some egg cartons and your dryer lint. Take your egg carton, and divide your dryer lint throughout. Take leftover wax from a candle or wax melts, and drizzle it along the top of the dryer lint. The lint should stick to the carton by way of the wax. Cut up the egg carton into squares of two, four or more. You can stack for easy storage.
Take the leftover cotton wool and place in a plastic bag. Toss in a good amount of Vaseline and work into the wool. This is a lightweight option for hikers and campers. Just be sure to seal the bag so the Vaseline does’t leak!
Take a few sheets of newspaper and twist lengthwise until it’s tightly twisted like a braid. Fold in half and twist again. You can do the “Martha Stewart” thing and tie twine at the ends, or another pretty holder, but the tightly wrapped newspaper will not burn as quickly as the open Sunday funnies.
Do you have hand sanitizer that you don’t love, but don’t want to throw away? Provided that the ingredients include alcohol, you can squirt the hand sanitizer onto the wood for some fire leverage. The sanitizer should burn long enough to catch the wood into the fire.
Take your leftover corks from wine, or tear up a cork sheet (dollar store!). Soak in rubbing alcohol. You can use a plastic bag for soaking, and it doesn’t take a lot of alcohol to work. These are lightweight for backpacking or hiking as well.
Save your orange peels! Place the peels on a tray and set in the sun to dry. (You can also have them dry inside.) Once the peels are dry, you can use them to start your fire. The best part is the scent – Orange peels contain limonene oil, which smells sweet when heated. The citrus will also help keep away mosquitos.
These creative ideas are great ways to help your fire get started when there isn’t a lot of kindling around. Have fun!