This camping season, forget packing in newspaper. Here are some homemade fire-starters, perfect for building a marshmallow-toaster or a survival fire:
Boy Scout’s Favourite
Soak cotton balls in petroleum jelly (Vaseline), and then stuff them into a film canister (you still have those, right?) or other container. These little fireballs light right up and provide a couple of minutes of flame.
Stop throwing away that valuable dryer lint! Spend time collecting it, stuff about four litres of the stuff into a garbage bag, and then mix in about two tablespoons of citronella lamp fuel. Compress then use to start a fire.
Sawdust & Egg Cartons
Collect sawdust from your home-reno projects over the winter, and then fill the slots in an egg carton with the stuff. Pour in a little melted paraffin wax, let dry. These egg-shaped waxy sawdust balls, once broken apart, work well as fire starters
What isn’t this stuff good for? In a pinch, a loosely bundled-together ball of duct tape will burn like hellfire, enough to set kindling ablaze.
Not recommended as a standby for obvious reasons, but if you find yourself stranded in the woods after getting an un-repairable flat bicycle tire, a six-inch chunk of rubber tubing will light right up and burn hot enough to ignite kindling.