How to start a fire without lighter fluid is with these DIY Firestarter or homemade firelighters. Also the best way on how to start a fire without kindling is to using a diy camping fire starter.
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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What you need for these homemade firelighters:
- Saved lint from the dryer
- 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 wax melts could be recycled into these firestarters.
- Saved or purchased 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 without kindling with DIY Campfire Starters:
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- 1 box wax
- recycled dryer lint
- 1 cardboard Egg Carton
- 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. Or a candle making metal pitcher
- Cover your workspace with aluminum foil to protect your countertops. 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 and smaller logs and as the fire grows add larger pieces of wood
Monday 22nd of June 2020
We don’t have any wax or candles at the moment, what function does the wax serve in this project?
Tuesday 23rd of June 2020
The wax is the fuel that keep burning long enough for the wood to catch on fire.
Monday 8th of August 2016
If you have a "Scentsy" type wax warmer for scented wax, use the wax from that after it lost its scent. Great way to use what would otherwise be thrown away.
Friday 15th of July 2016
Great idea! I've used the lint before stuffed inside used paper towel and toilet paper rolls and that also works great but will definitely have to give this one a try. Thanks
Wednesday 22nd of June 2016
We love having bonfires in the evening and this is such a great and easy idea!