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How-To: Make Your Own Firestarter

November is an ideal month for lighting a fire in your fireplace. A crackling fire adds a cozy ambiance to a dinner party, and it's also a perfect way to kick back and enjoy a romantic evening with your honey. Nobody likes to fuss with getting a fire started, though, especially when you're entertaining guests.

To find out how to make your own firestarter from recycled materials,


What You'll Need

  • paper egg carton
  • dryer lint
  • candle wax

To make your own firestarter, cut a paper egg carton in half. Then, stuff dryer lint into each egg area of the carton. Light a candle and melt the wax over the dryer lint to keep it in place. After the wax has cooled, store the firestarters in a plastic bag to keep them clean. These are also great for starting campfires while backpacking.


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roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
lint? is that safe? i'd be totally afraid i'd burn the house down?
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
My dad makes these for camping except he uses sawdust from his carpentry projects in place of the dryer lint. They're fabulous!
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