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Home Made FireStarter: Finally a Use for Dryer Lint

If you enjoy spending time camping in your RV then chances are you have built your fair share of fires over the years. To many RV’ers the camp fire is a much a part of the outdoors as the tree that fuels it. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with the fire starting skills of Bear Grylls, so it can make since to keep a firestarter handy.

You can of course grab some pre-manufactured firestarters from Walmart or Amazon but what could possibly be the fun in that? Its seems that it’s not only more fun but possibly more cost effective to create a home made firestarter instead. We recently stumbled onto a very simple idea for doing just that. We were surprised to discover that a firestarter can be created mostly from discarded household items. Who knew you could save the environment while starting fires?


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The first step to getting your own home made fire starter actually begins weeks or months before you actually make them. You should actually look to begin accumulating the supplies which you have probably been discarding for quite some time.

You should start collecting:

  • Egg Cartons (Paper not Styrofoam)
  • Dryer Lint
  • Any Old Candle(s) (Purchase 1 Pound or 5 Pound Bulk Wax if Needed)


The process is simple and once you have all your supplies, you can make hundreds of home made fire starters in minutes.

Steps to Make a Home Made Fire Starter:

  1. Stuff a small amount of dryer lint into each egg slot of the cartons.
  2. Heat wax in a coffee can (or other container) till its melted in liquid form
  3. Pour the wax over top of each individual egg slot which secures the lint in place
  4. Tear or cut apart each individual egg cutout and store for use.



Whether your motivated by cost savings or by the allure of doing it yourself, this is a great project that will help out around the campsite. This could also be a fun project if you have younger children in your life. A great opportunity to make a mess and to see how ingenuity can pay off! It also can play a neat role around the campfire in showing your neighbors your home made firestarter skills. If left in the woods with a candle, dryer lint, and a egg carton you could easily survive for a day or more right?

There are also variations on this method that can include muffin pans, cotton balls, vaseline, wood noodles and many others. If you think you have a better recipe then we want to hear about it in the comments below!

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