Monday, May 30, 2011

How to Start a Fire with Lint

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In honor of Memorial Day, I thought I'd post on How to Start a Fire for all those people who have firepits, but forgot to grab some firestarters.  We're still camping, but when we're at home and want a fire, we start them with lint.  When you have kids, you have laundry.  Never-ending piles upon piles of laundry.  When I clean out the lint trap, instead of tossing it, I shove it into an empty fabric softener or kleenex box.  When a box is full, it becomes a firestarter.  First I open both ends of the box.

I build a teepee of sticks & twigs around the box, and light both ends.

Lint lights really easily and burns like crazy, which is why it's important to vaccuum out your vent pipe occasionally.  The box of lint will burn super hot right away, and light the twigs.

Add more twigs.

Continue to feed the fire until you've started to add larger branches, and eventually logs.  Snuggle Bunny loves gathering branches from the yard.

When the box has completely burned away, and your fire is just logs, it's ready for marshmallow roasting.

Thanks for popping in and roasting marshmallows with SB.


  1. What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you had a great weekend :)

  2. I think you are such an AWESOME mom and fire starter and rib cook. You always have such great tips.

  3. I'd have to wait for that flame to die down...Marshmallows cook so lovely over hot coals. :-) But another clever idea from you!

  4. Good idea. I have used lint to start fires before, but I like the idea of just putting it all in a small box and lighting the whole thing together. I will try it! Thanks for sharing.


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