Part of the fun of camping can be the preparation, especially when you get the kids involved. There is much they can help with in making these fire starters and they will be very proud of their accomplishments each night as you use one to start your campfire.
Egg Carton and Dryer Lint – This one is easy to do and the kids can help. Get them involved in gathering dryer lint into a designated container and they can be put in charge of making sure the egg cartons don’t get thrown away after the eggs are gone. Choose the cardboard cartons instead of the Styrofoam ones. You can pack the cups of the egg carton with dryer lint and pour wax over it. Make sure some of the dryer lint is sticking up out of the wax. It will serve as a wick to get things going.
Match Candles – You’ll need heavy duty kitchen matches, wax, and toilet paper. Wrap a sheet of toilet paper around the match and dip the whole thing in melted wax. You can do a batch of them and then store them in a small container such as a pill bottle or small candy tin with a lid.
Fire Balls – These are easy as well. You’ll need cotton balls, Isopropyl alcohol, and petroleum jelly. First, you soak the cotton balls in the alcohol and squeeze them to get rid of the excess. Coat them in petroleum jelly and you’re done. You can pack these in a covered tin and they will last a long time.
You can see a step-by-step instructions at These Simple DIY Fire Starters Make Camping Easy.
We hope all your campfires are fun and relaxing. These fire starters will help you get that fire started quickly. Then you’ll have more time to share campfire stories with friends and family. We look forward to seeing you at the campground soon. Fall camping can be some of the best camping of the whole year. Be sure to say hello if you see us around the campground. We can’t wait to meet you.