How to make your own fire starters

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How to make your own fire starter

Making your own fire starter is simple, easy, and free.  This is a great project for the kids.  You will need to save up the needed supplies until you have enough.

Once you learn how to create your fire starters you can use them for camping, bonfires, or for lighting the wood in your fireplace.  They are fantastic little helpers!

It is surprising just how flammable and easy to light they are, so please use caution when storing your fire starters.  Keep them away from open flame and heat until you are ready to use them.

You will need:

1. Empty toilet paper rolls, empty paper towel rolls, or any other small cardboard scrap container

2. Drier lint - as much as you can get your hands on

What to do:

If you are using paper towel rolls, you may want to cut them in half for this project.

Stuff your container/roll with the drier lint.  Fill it fairly full, allowing some to hang out of the sides.

It's THAT simple.  You've made a fire starter

Now, how do you use it?

Instructions for use:

Place your fire starter on the pile of sticks and/or logs you wish to light on fire. 

Place some kindling around your fire starter

Give the stuffing of your fire starter a slight tug, pulling it out just enough to have a bit to light.

Using a lighter or match, light the stuffing of your fire starter.

* Use all standard safety measures as you would with any and all fires and flammable substances.  Keep out of reach of children. 

* Never leave a fire unattended. Be sure to completely extinguish any fire before leaving the area. 

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websclubs 6 years ago

Hi Mom Kat,

Camping outdoors, make your own bonfire fire starter. Never leave a fire unattended. Be sure to completely extinguish any fire before leaving. Making your own fire starter is simple, easy,to do. Caution when storing your fire starters. Keep them away from open flame and heat until you are ready to use them.

Nice very useful hub Thanks!


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norcal 6 years ago from California

This is a genius tip!


colleen orourke 6 years ago

Thanks for this tip- I am always having trouble getting the fire started. We have a wood stove and I wind up using tons of paper sometimes-


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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada

Love these! My husband and I recently purchased a home with a woodstove, and these are perfect. I am definitely pinning this one for further reference.

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