Camping can be lots of fun, enjoying the outdoors and what nature has to offer. One essential part of camping is a good fire. A campfire is great to keep you warm or to cook over. There is nothing like roasting marshmallows and eating smores by a fire. There are many ways to start a campfire. To get a proper fire going you need a good starter method so the fire will not die out before it catches. You will need a good set of matches, a lighter or fire steel. Here are some easy fire starter hacks for getting that campfire going.
Easy Fire Starter Hacks for Camping
1. Dryer Lint with Toilet Paper Roll or Egg Carton
Dryer lint can make an effective fire starter. Just start saving your dryer lint between each wash. Collect it in a zip lock bag. Once you have enough you can stuff it into a used cardboard toilet paper roll. Place the roll at the base of the fire and then light. This provides a well-sustained flame to get your fire roaring.
Another option is to use a leftover cardboard egg carton and stuff each hole with lint. Then tear each section off and use it as needed.
2. Cotton Balls Soaked in Vaseline
Cotton balls coated in vaseline also make an excellent fire starter. Smear several cotton balls in vaseline and place them in a zip lock bag. Do not dip them directly into the jar because they are likely to fall apart. When needed, place one cotton ball into your tinder bundle and light. The petroleum in vaseline will keep the flame burning for a long time.
3. Wine Corks Soaked in Rubbing Alcohol
If you are a wine drinker save those wine corks. They make another great fire starter. Just soak them in some rubbing alcohol in an airtight jar, like a ball jar. The cork will absorb the alcohol. Make sure they are real corks and not plastic. Place several corks in the pit to start a fire.
4. Dried Orange Peels
Dried orange peels make a simple fire starter. The oil in the skins of the orange peel helps to sustain a fire. Just dry the peels out on a sheet pan and store them in a paper bag. Put a hand full into a fire and watch them burn.
5. Dried Pine Cones
Dried pine cones are nature’s natural fire starter. The oils contained in them will burn easily. If you are lucky enough to be in an area with pine trees look for a few dried pine cones and toss them in to start your fire. They will catch relatively easy.
6. Birch Bark
Birch bark is another excellent natural fire starter. Birch bark comes from the birch tree and is easy to identify. Just look for a white tree with flaking bark. If you are hiking around the camp and find a birch tree. Just grab a handful of bark and carry it back to camp. Be careful not to peel off to much bark and damage the tree. Place some in the firepit to get started.
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