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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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