I’m pretty sure my husband was some kind of pyro-technician in a previous life. Maybe he loaded cannons for pirates, or developed rockets for Sputnik, I’m not sure.
What I do know is that he has been known to exterminate ground bees using canisters of black powder (much to the dismay of the neighbors) and has lit several campfires that rendered eyebrow plucking a non-issue.
He’s a little nuts. And my life has not had a dull moment since he came into it.
So when he was starting a fire the other day and said, “We should keep a little squirt bottle of gas here to really get this thing going.” I may have worried just a little. (Let me say now, I do not believe for one minute that he would actually do that. If you are reading this and take it seriously please move along to another blog without a sense of humor)
We had a nice bucket of fatwood earlier this season, and that stuff gets a fire going with a quickness. But it is gone, and I’m too cheap to buy more. (It was a gift from my Momma)
So I googled fire starters.
Apparently I missed the girl scout meeting where they made these, because it seems everyone knows how to do it. I did have an incompetent Brownie leader who cursed at us during a camping trip and got herself fired by the moms… maybe that was the problem.
So I’m a late bloomer in the fire starter making.. Oh well, better late than never.
Just in case there are other late bloomers ( or people who had sub-par Brownie leaders)
Here’s how I made mine!
First gather up a bunch of seemingly useless garbage.
Answer your kid’s question when they ask why there is dryer lint on the kitchen counter and why you are taking its picture. (you can skip this step if it doesn’t apply to you)
What you’ll need for these DIY Fire Starters
– an egg carton
– some dryer lint- a nice big bunch
– wax – I got 2 cheapy pillar candles
– wood chips, sawdust, cardboard- whatever you have on hand
– a jar or can
– small pan of water
When your wax is all nice and liquid pour it over evenly. The jar will be hot (duh!) so use a pot holder or towel.
Now my husband can start a fire with ease, and I can rest well!!
What is your favorite time of year for a fire?? Do you love a camp fire or a cozy one in your living room?