Last week the grandsons came to visit us at the Ranch. We really love seeing them and spending special time with them and doing such things as riding four wheelers, having them help us feed cattle, playing a few board games, making homemade pizza and chocolate chip cookies and of course, building campfires!
One of their favorite things to do is start a campfire in our outside cast iron stove or in our fire-pit. They always want to have at least one night for hot dogs and s’ mores!
I don’t like to use lighter fluid or other flammable liquids to start our campfire, especially with a group of rambunctious boys involved. So the youngest and I prepared by making some DIY firestarters.
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I had been saving lint from the dryer and I purchased a block of wax. But old candles could be used and are a great way to recycle those candles that have seen better days. Or even those scented waxes could be recycled into these firestarters. I also had saved a few cardboard egg cartons, not the plastic foam ones but cardboard.
How to make DIY Firestarters:
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Sometimes metal coffee cans are hard to find and I’ve had this one for a while, but a tall metal juice can also work very well. I had cut an opening to allow easier pouring of the wax and I save this can to reuse for the next batch of these DIY firestarters.
Cover your counter with aluminum foil to protect your countertops. Place the cartons filled with lint and carefully fill each egg compartment with the melted wax, adding more if necessary. Allow them to cool completely and close the lids for easy storage.
How to Start a Fire with DIY Campfire Starters:
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- Metal Coffee Can or Large Metal Juice can for melting wax
- Pack each little egg compartment of the egg carton with plenty of dryer lint.
- Cut a small opening in a large metal coffee can to allow easier pouring of the wax. Sometimes metal coffee cans are hard to find but a tall metal juice can also work very well.
- Melt the wax using the old coffee can or metal juice can in a pot of water, a faux double boiler method.
- Cover your workspace with aluminum foil to protect your counter tops. Place the egg cartons filled with lint on the foil. Carefully pour the melted wax into each egg compartment adding more if necessary.
- Allow them to cool completely and close the lids for easy storage.
- When you are ready to light a campfire, tear off one or two of the DIY firestarters and Light the edges of the extra cardboard around the edges, Add wood chips, twigs or tender on top and as the fire grows add larger pieces of wood.
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