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Funky Fire Starters

By Heidi Hunt

Tags: fire starters,

campfireIt’s fall and the smell of dried leaves and wood smoke fill the air. Whether you have a woodstove to heat your home or just occasionally use a fireplace, this is the time of year when we think about splitting kindling and laying in a supply of firewood. To get a fire going well, you also need some kind of a fire starter – usually shredded or wadded up paper. But if you are starting a fire outdoors or are concerned that the kindling is not as dry as it could be then paper might not be the best starting material.

For decades, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have been making fire starters as a part of their camping readiness kits. Here are a few ways to make your own.

Store the cooled fire starters in a plastic closable bag to keep moisture out. When building your fire, nestle a fire starter under your kindling and light it. The fire starter will burn long enough to get the most stubborn pile to start and is fairly immune to gentle breezes.

If you like the idea of these sturdy fire starters, but would prefer to buy rather than make them, these might be just what you are looking for. Cob Lites and Cowboy Cob Brand All Natural Fire Starters are made with paraffin and dried corn cobs. And Nerman-Lockhart uses recycled wood and the ends of church candles for their Holy Smokes Firestarters.