Fire starters can usually be purchased anywhere
camping items are sold. Their base is a compacted sawdust, and will surely start
your fire with ease.
You can make your own fire starters with toilet tissue or paper towel tubes.
Stuff these tubes with newspaper before your trip, and place them inside your
Do the Laundry
Yes, doing your laundry at home can benefit you at your campsite! Every time
you empty your dryer screen, save the lint in a nearby can or bag. Use the dryer
lint to start your campfire!
Place charcoal in paper egg cartons, then light
to start the fire.
Rub Vaseline into 100% cotton balls.
Leave in a ziplock back until you are ready to use them.
Wrap an emergency candle in wax paper, twisting
at both ends. Light one end when ready to start your fire.
Dip Dip Dip
There are many things you can use for fire
starters that involve melted wax. Make these before your trip, allow to
dry and pack them for camping. Be sure not to leave these where they can
To melt your wax, use a double boiler and be
careful not to ignite the wax. Use wax for the following fire starters:
Roll strips of newspaper together, tie with
string and dip in melted wax.
Dip cut pieces of cotton string into wax.
Let dry and store.
Use little drink cups (like "Dixie Cups")
for fire starters by placing a cotton string in the cup, having the end hang
over the edge. Fill the cup 3/4 full with sawdust. Pour in
melted wax. Let dry. When camping, use the string as your wick.
Cold or wet weather camping provides a challenge when building fires. Before
your camping trip, drip wax onto cotton balls and let dry. Place the cotton
balls in your tinder when building your fire. As your cotton balls burn, the wax
will keep the flames going long enough to start your fire in windy, cold or wet