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This tip came from a friend, a woodsman and war reenactor. Works amazingly well, but takes some prep. You should prepare this fire starter kit before you have to rely upon it off the beaten track. You may also want to keep the kit in a waterproof pouch or ziplock baggie when backpacking, just in case.
You may want to practice this technique before having to rely on it. It takes some setup, but all your tools can fit into the Altoids tin and travel with you as a "frontier" fire starter kit.
By Youme I.
Sometimes I have had trouble starting a fire or BBQ. The fire burns out before the tinder sets the wood on fire, or before the charcoal sets on fire. I have found that if you roll a cotton ball or two in Vaseline or other petroleum jelly, you can set it on fire right away and it burns long enough to start the fire.
WARNING: Do not hold in your hand to light.
By Nightsong from Hay Capitol of the World
Your old lighters can be used to strike up a fire.
Source: My friend, Forrest Wilson, woodsman and carpenter.
By Youme I.
My husband is the king of campfires! He makes a successful campfire by starting the fire with kindling and lighter fluid under wood pieces piled in a teepee fashion allowing air to get to the fire and ignite.
Only use enough lighter fluid to soak the kindling and do not ever try to add fluid to a burning fire! We know of friends who tried this and the fire ignited the stream coming from the can and burned the person severly.
To get an extra spark, we have found that old pieces of candles (the stubs that are left over at the end of burning safely) added to the fire will get it going also.
Just remember, safety first! Enjoy a nice evening around the campfire with family and friends.
By HerkDia from Baltimore, MD
Save the lint from your dryer screen; it can be used as kindling to start fires in your fireplace.
Source: I can't remember where I read this but it works great.
By Mary from Pickstown, SD
Better Than Lighter Fluid: to start a campfire or charcoal grill, use old bacon drippings. You can use a paintbrush and spread the bacon grease on the charcoal or wood and also on a piece of paper or paper towel. Light the towel and the grease will get your fire going and give off the fragrance of fresh cooked bacon.
By Jerry from Centralia, MO
When building a campfire, dampen the ground around the perimeter of (but not in) the fire pit to reduce the possibility of sparks and flying embers catching ground cover on fire. And, never line your fire with wet or damp rocks or stones as they can heat up and explode. You'll find more tips, How-To's and helpful information in the outdoor classrooms at: beOutdoors.com.
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My husband goes camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire every year with friends. This year he took a beautiful picture of their campfire and I'd like to share it with everyone. If you listen, you may be able to hear it crackling!
A campfire is the most beautiful site in the fall of the year. We recently went on a camping trip and enjoyed the coloration of the fire while sitting outside in lawn chairs. Watching the campfire will relax you, make you ponder on things you haven't thought of in a long time and it can be a great place to hold a conversation with your spouse or significant other! It is a nice way to end a long day of hiking, enjoying nature and being in the camping environment.
By WandaJoy from Tennessee
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Dryer lint is extremely flammable and makes a great fire starter! And, besides being FREE, it's something we all have plenty of! At this time of the year I save all the dryer lint and put it in with my newspapers, etc. that I have saved for starting a fire in my woodburning stove.
By Diane - Muskegon, MI