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Here is a fun Campers or Survival project. Collect some kindling and leaves, dried tiny branches and fire starting materials. Take a round empty bottle like Pom Drinks, you can use it as a magnifying glass to pinpoint a ray of sunlight onto your collected leaves and other light fire starting materials to start a flame.

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You could even use a plastic bag filled with water. Just twist the top until it is in a ball shape.

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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.

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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.

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We are camping in Oregon and, as usual, it is drizzling. We found that last year's sword fern fronds make a good firestarter. They stay relatively dry under the new green fronds and are easy to pull out by the handful.

Sword fern near fire

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September 18, 2009

Save the lint from your dryer screen; it can be used as kindling to start fires in your fireplace.

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July 16, 2008

To start a campfire or charcoal grill, use old bacon drippings. You can use a paintbrush and spread the bacon

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Your old lighters can be used to strike up a fire. Hold the lighter upside down atop your bed of starter material. Roll the flint several times, without sparking it. Magnesium will flake off the mechanism.

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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.

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Brandi M. Seals
May 25, 2006

Campfires are a great way to sit back and relax. They offer not only a way to cook food while camping, but also serve as a backdrop for casual conversations, s'mores making, and the telling of ghost stories. Kids and adults alike love them.

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March 21, 2001

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.

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September 2, 2010

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.

Scenery: Campfire in New Hampshire, at night

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October 9, 2007

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.

Autumn Fire

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September 18, 2009

Recycle dryer lint? Think again! Collect your dryer lint to start fires in your fireplace or when you are camping. Especially useful if the wood for your outdoor fire is damp.

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June 2, 2009

Dryer lint is extremely flammable and makes a great fire starter! And, besides being FREE, it's something we all have plenty of!

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