We love hanging out around the firepit when the weather is cool. One of my favorite things to do is lean back in an Adirondack chair with a cold brew and cozy fire to warm the toes. But sometimes getting a fire going in the pit is a frustrating task. While hubz is sent hunting and foraging for branches like a woodchuck, the rest of the family is hunting down anything to use as a fire starter.
So this year we prepared for the fall fires ahead of time. We gathered fallen trees and branches and built a wall of logs near the firepit, and we made these easy DIY fire starters. These little things are so easy to make, and I already had all the supplies I needed to make them in my house.
- Toilet paper rolls
- Laundry lint
- Old candles or other wax
- Scissors, wax paper or foil, sauce pan
Make the fire starters
- Cut and fold one end of the toilet paper roll.
- Fill the toilet paper roll with laundry lint then cut and fold the other end.
- Use string to tie up the ends and provide a wick.
- Melt wax.
- I placed an old candle in a saucepan filled with water and heated water til boiling. I added more used wax until I had enough to dunk the fire starters.
- Dunk the fire starters in the melted wax holding them by the string.
- Repeat dunking and/or pour wax over fire starters until they are well coated.
Once they are cooled, they will store until needed. I couldn’t wait until the fall to use it, though. We took it out to the firepit and laid a few sticks for a tiny fire. It was hot, but we
roasted burned marshmallows anyway.
The fire starter was easy to light with the extra string for a wick. It lit up within seconds and stayed lit for a good 30 minutes.
I like that this is made of things that otherwise may have been thrown out. It’s not trash to treasure… it’s trash to useful.
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