DIY Firestarter for Tenting

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INSIDE: How to Make a DIY Fire Starter for Camping or a Wood Stove

After a long day of hiking and playing in the woods, the last thing you need is a campfire that won’t start.

Here’s an easy, free way to create fire starters that you can easily pack up for your next camping adventure … so nothing will stop your tired family from having a hot dinner (and s’mores).

Accessories for DIY Firestarter

  • Empty toilet rolls or paper towel tubes
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Dryer fluff
  • Branches
  • paper

DIY fire starter accessories for camping

You can easily find all of these things in your home or yard and by converting them to fire starters for your camping trip you give them new life.

After a windy day, I like to keep small twigs and sticks in my garden.

Step 1: make Firestarter Tube Caps out of paper bags

Rip up a paper grocery bag and crumple the pieces into balls that will fit in the toilet roll. Plug one or two into the bottom of the tube.

Use a crumpled paper bag for the camping fire starter

Step 2: Fill the empty tube with twigs or crumpled paper

Next, add dry twigs or more wrinkled paper (junk mail, newspaper) to fill the tube.

Stuff sprigs into the tube for DIY fire starters

Step 3: stuff dryer lint onto twigs to fill the firestarter

Place a ball of lint from your dryer on top of the twigs / paper.

Add dryer lint in the toilet paper tube for DIY fire starters for camping

Step 4: seal the Firestarter with another paper cap

Smear another ball or two of paper shopping bags onto the top of the tube to seal it.

Seal toilet paper tube to finish DIY fire starter

Step 5: build and light your campfire

Stand your firelighter upright in your fire pit (you can wiggle it in the ashes for stability) and support small, dry sticks around it. When you’re ready, use a match to light the tube and you’re on your way!

Use DIY fire starters as campfire tinder

More tips on lighting a campfire

Keep your firewood dry by storing it under your car. Wet wood can smoke, but it won’t ignite the way you’d like it to.

Matches don’t like being wet either. Be sure to keep them in a dry place. I like to put them in an old school plastic wrap container.

Remember, you have to make a fire, and it is a process: be patient and don’t smother your first small flames with logs that are too large. Start with your firelighter and the surrounding tinder, then build a structure for your kindling and finally add fuel (and keep adding). (Here’s a refresher on how to make a fire if you haven’t been with Boy Scouts in a while!)

– From Nelle Bligan

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