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Monday, May 18, 2009

How to make your own fire starters

This is a very easy way to start a fire. Take a cotton ball and cover it in petroleum jelly. Put a number of these into an old film canister. To start a fire, place two or three of these under the kindling in your fire pit and light.


Kymber said...

this is a great tip! another way to do it is to put the cotton balls in empty toilet paper rolls!

Lamb said...

I am cheap. I use dryer lint to make my fire-starters. Instead of petroleum jelly, I use old candle wax. I remelt it and pour it over balls of dryer lint in a paper type egg carton. Let it harden overnight, then get them out and store the little fire starters in a zip-lock bag.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

Hi Kymber - that's a great idea. I'll have to start saving a few toilet paper rolls.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

Hi Lamb - We don't use a dryer so I have no dryer lint to use but maybe I could ask my Mom for some. Is any kind of candle wax ok? soy? scented? Thanks!

Lamb said...

I use any kind of wax. I currently have dryers at the rooming house where I live/work, but when I only used a *solar dryer* (ha-hah!) I used to go to the local laundromat and ask for their dryer lint. They never had any problem giving it to me!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

Great idea, Lamb. Thanks!

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