Good fire starters are the best place to start when planning any camping trip. But did you know that you could be making your own, right at home? We’ve found 5 DIY fire starters that you can make quickly, and easily with some regular household items. That way, you’ll always have some fire starters on hand when you get the urge to head out into the woods.
#1 Wax dipped cotton pads
Do you have cotton makeup removal pads around the home? If not, you can pick them up from your local store for next to nothing. All you have to do is soak those pads in some used wax, and voila! Your own homemade fire starter.
Tip: we like to leave a section of the pad wax-free to make it easier to light.
#2 Egg cartons and dryer lint
Those cardboard egg cartons from the store can make a great base for a fire starter! Just cut out each egg holder, fill it with a bit of dryer lint, and drizzle some used wax over the top. These ones will go up nice and fast because of the cardboard, but the wax will help them burn for a while.
#3 Toilet paper roll and dryer lint
More dryer lint? That’s right! Your dryer creates loads of the stuff, so you may as well put it to good use. This one is simple, just stuff an empty toilet paper roll with dryer lint, and twist off the ends of the roll. These twisted ends make for a great spot to light your DIY fire starter.
#4 Wood Pencil Shavings
Now it is true that you can use wood shavings from a few twigs out in the woods when you’re starting a fire. But if you want to be extra prepared, and bring some extras with you, then pencil shavings are perfect! Next time you sharpen a pencil, just save those shavings in a little baggie. These things will light up great, and get your small tinder going quick.
#5 Cork with rubbing alcohol
Stop throwing out those wine bottle corks! You can transform them into fire starters just by soaking them in rubbing alcohol. Just make sure to store them in an airtight container so the alcohol doesn’t evaporate!
Also, be sure to check out this article from our friends at Gear Hose showing you some great Ferrocerium and Magnesium fire starters on the market: