The next time we go camping, we want to try out an idea we saw on Pinterest: lint fire starters. The great thing about this idea is that the supplies to make them are probably already around your house–starting in your dryer vent.
- Dryer lint
- Cardboard egg carton
- Wax (old candles or crayons would work for this)
- Wax paper or foil (to protect your work surface)
First you have to collect the lint and stuff it into the egg carton.
After your carton is filled with lint, you will need to melt the wax. I used a double boiler to melt some old Gulfwax I had left over from other projects.
Since I was doing this when Jarrett wasn’t home and I needed both hands to carefully pour the piping hot wax over the lint, I didn’t get a picture of this step. I wasn’t sure how much wax to saturate the lint with, but I used a bar and a half of wax. Make sure you have the carton on some kind of protective surface, like wax paper or foil, because the wax does saturate through the carton.
After we try these little lint cubes for starting our next campfire I’ll report back with an update of how well they burn and whether I should use more wax in the future.
I’ve also seen some other ideas on Pinterest for fire starters, including just packing a toilet paper roll with lint (no wax), so I’m going to give that a try and see how that works, too.
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