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Homemade Firestarters

I loved being a Girl Scout as a kid. Camping trips, singing songs, making crafts, eating snacks, and even selling Girl Scout Cookies were all part of the experience and I loved all of it. Unfortunately, these days I haven’t retained much of what I learned in my seven years of scouting, but I do remember making firestarters.

I think the only reason I remember making these firestarters is because one primary ingredient is dryer lint, which I found unusual. Actually, I still find it very unusual because it means that dryer lint is really flammable and since it comes off the clothes we wear, this alarms me. So this past weekend, in anticipation of our Thanksgiving camping trip, I collected the lint from the dryers after we had finished doing our laundry.

I stuffed the lint into the pockets of an empty egg carton, melted some wax from candles that had long ago melted down, and poured the wax on top of the lint. When needed, you just tear off a pocket and set fire to it under your kindling. We’ve used them before and they’re great because they burn for a while, which is perfect if the weather has left your wood a bit damp. The forecast says that our camping destination has a 20% chance of snow the day we arrive, so we’re definitely going to need a huge blazing fire to warm us!

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Posted by on November 16, 2011.

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Categories: Camping, Exploration

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  1. This is particularly worrisome to me knowing that lint is easily flammable. But the other side of me loves this easy to-do firestarter kit. As long as I’m not drying clothes next to a BBQ, I figure I’m safe.

    by Darlene on Nov 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

  2. I know, it’s pretty scary! Not only is it something to make at home with ordinary things, but it uses two things that would normally be thrown away without a second thought: old candle wax and dryer lint.

    by Alyssa on Nov 17, 2011 at 6:52 am

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