light my fire


After three years as a counselor at Girl Scout camp, I can’t go camping without a fresh set of fire-starters. These classic scouting essentials are easy enough to make yourself, and will light your fire on the first try every time. Brooke and I went camping for her 25th birthday a few weeks ago and I made some of these for our trip. They were wonderful!

What you’ll need:
cardboard egg carton
dryer lint, sawdust, wood shavings, and the like
parafin wax

What you’ll do:
Distribute the lint, sawdust, and wood curls evenly and attractively in each segment of the carton. Melt the parafin wax according to the box’s instructions (we double boil it in something disposable like a steel can). On a newspaper covered surface, or outside in an area that won’t be disturbed by a bit of wax, pour the melted wax into each of the segments. Allow to cool completely.
When you’re ready to use them, just tear off one segment at a time, stick it in the base of your fire, and light a cardboard edge.

Have you made these before? Do you have a different kind of fire starter that you like to use? Tell us all about it!