Beautiful falling leaves, wrapping up in cozy warm blankets next to the beautiful orange and red glow of an autumn bonfire and roasting marshmallows for s’mores. *sighs deeply* Those things, those are the things that make fall my favorite season. Sometimes starting a fire can be difficult, unless you are the person that throws gasoline on the fire. In that case, I’m shaking my finger at you. Shame on you.
Anyhow, I am about to share a super easy life hack that will make your fire starting endeavors this fall a breeze, but not too much breeze. We don’t want to squelch that hard work of yours.
How I learned this bonfire hack
Want to know a fun fact? I am a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. I completed all levels through senior and earned my Gold Award (Girl Scout equivalent to the Eagle Scout Award). So, why did I lead with that? Well, this hack that I am about to share is something I learned YEARS ago in my early girl scouting days.
Back in the day, we had a competition to determine our fire starting skills. We were given a certain set of materials and only 2 matches. That’s right…2! Not gonna lie, I wasn’t the greatest at the whole fire building thing. After we had done the ‘limited materials’ fire building activity many times, we learned another neat trick that made fire starting much easier. We made our own fire starters!
No, not the toxic, chemical laden type you find in big box stores. We used old cardboard egg cartons, dryer lint, and old, broken crayons. THAT’S IT! Follow these steps below to get that perfect, fall bonfire started.
On to the DIY Part
First step is to acquire all of your materials:
- a cardboard egg carton
- dryer lint
- old crayons (with the papers removed)
- small sauce pan
- glass jar
Fill a small saucepan with water and begin heating it to boiling on the stove.
Place crayons in a glass container. (Note: Please learn from my mistake. I was thinking about making sure the pictures for you were pretty, so I used this pretty, easy to pour glass vase thing. DON’T do that!! Whatever you use, make sure you can easily reach your hand inside to clean out the wax.)
Place glass container with crayons in pan of boiling water.
While that is melting, begin stuffing the egg carton with dryer lint. Pack it in tight. Even if it looks over full, pack it. This is a great job for little hands too. My youngest loves to help with everything. She was eager to help me stuff this egg carton.
Keep an eye on your crayons. When they are melted begin pouring the wax over the lint stuffed egg carton. The idea is to make a sealing layer with the wax.
Once the wax has cooled, cut each of the 12 “fire starter pockets” out. You now have 12 fire starters. Go build a bonfire! Wait…read the why below first, then go build one.
Why they work?
The cardboard is a slow burning material and so is the dryer lint. The wax creates a barrier that allows the cardboard and lint burn even more slowly. The slower burn gives your kindling a chance to get hot and catch fire. It truly is a helpful tool when building the autumn bonfire of your dreams!
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