3 DIY Alternative Fire Starters

3 DIY Alternative Fire Starters

Kate Legere
Oct 11, 2012

Looking forward to the first winter fire and lucky enough to have a fireplace? Here are three simple kindling options that are easy to make and do not depend on the use of chemicals to ignite the flame.

1. Make your own herbal fire starters with this DIY from Whole Living. Wrap small pinecones and dried herbs (think rosemary, sage leaves, and cinnamon sticks) in newspaper, and tie the ends with cotton string or twine.
2. Use dried orange peels. The oil in the skin fuels the fires and it releases less creosote than traditional paper.
3. Make waterproof dryer lint fire starters. According to Instructables, all you need is some dryer lint, a paper egg carton, canning wax (or beeswax), and string, and you can make your own fire starter. The wax seals the fire starter and makes it waterproof, so it's a good option if you want to take it camping or backpacking.

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(Image: Whole Living)

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