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Yes it is camping season, the weather is amazing and it is the perfect time to get outdoors, but camping is not the same without a nice campfire to sit by through the night and roast marshmallows. The only problem is, is not everywhere you go is going to have the perfect kindling to start your fire, you could try toilet paper but that isn’t always going to work and buying firestarters are just another expense you don’t need, so try these easy fire starters for camping. They require almost no work at all and you can make or find them at home with no cost!
Not everyone knows this, but dryer lint is HIGHLY flammable and you have tons of it, assuming you do your laundry. Stop throwing it away and start saving it! Now you could just use it all on its own but that is gonna be just like using toilet paper. So instead save a few egg cartons, cut the cartons up and stuff some dryer lint into each individual pocket. Next, you are going to want to melt down some wax (you can go and buy some if you’d like our just use what you’ve got around the house). Dip the pocket from the egg carton with the lint inside it into the wax and pull out, let dry and voila! little fire starters for your next camping trip.
Some may know this but chips work great as a quick and easy fire starter. The trick is to pick the greasier ones, some of the best are Doritos, Fritos, and just plain old corn chips. They burn quite long and you will have a fire in no time!
Charcoal and Egg Cartons
Now, this time, you want to keep the egg carton whole. You ant to take some charcoal pieces and individually place them into each compartment in an empty egg carton. Close it and then light the egg carton up and BAM! It’s like a homemade firestarter log. Some people like to spray some bug repellent onto the egg carton before they light it to give it a little extra oomph.
Vaseline and Cotton Balls
You can make so many of these and keep them for emergency use also. Just take and melt down the vaseline dip one cotton ball in it at a time until you have as many as you want. The vaseline gets into the crevices of the cotton ball making it highly flammable.
Almost everyone keeps this stuff handy and it is probably a good idea too. For a quick fire starter (make sure the brand you use contains alcohol) just squeeze a good amount onto a piece or a few pieces of wood and light it on fire. It will burn long and dry things out catching the log or piece of wood on fire.
These are just a few simple and easy fire starters for camping. They are nice to have handy in any situation, easy and cheap to make, and work great. Stop buying fire starters and start making your own! There are plenty of others out there too. Have you used any of these fire starters? Do you know of any that aren’t on this list? Share in the comments!