There are lots of ideas floating around the internet for making your own fire starters. It can be a fun project to do with kids and an opportunity to teach them about campfire safety as well. There are several things you can use to make your own fire starters.
Egg Cartons: These are useful for making small, individual fire starters in the egg cup portion of the cartons. It’s best to use the cardboard cartons when you are doing this.
Empty Toilet Paper Tubes: These can be filled with a variety of the following materials and then they are easily tossed into the fire as one unit.
Vaseline: This is flammable and will serve to get your fire started in a very short time. You can use it as a base for the dryer lint or saw dust.
Dryer Lint: This is easy to collect throughout the year and will quickly light your fire. It’s lightweight and airy so doesn’t take much to get your fire going.
Saw Dust: This will start a little more slowly but will burn longer than some of the other materials. You can use it alone or with a combination of the other materials.
Wax: You can use wax to solidify the rest of the materials. Once the wax sets it will protect the other material and make a solid block fire starter to work with.
You can see some fire starters being made in this video below. He uses a variety of materials we’ve mentioned above. The whole operation of making your own will take some time but can be very rewarding. Let the kids help and they will learn more about camping and taking care of themselves while out in the great outdoors.