Supplies You Will Need:
Not a long list is it? Don't have a dryer? Ask your local laundromat or friends that use a washer and dryer. You will collect a ton pretty quick.
Now to Assemble:
- Loosely pack each tube with the lint. Yes, It really is that simple.
How to Use:
Place the lint filled tube 3/4 of the way under the wood or charcoal you are trying to light. Using your lighter or match, light the lint inside the tube on fire. It will begin burning very quickly and then the tube itself will catch and burn more slowly. This is will assist your fire in having enough time to get the kindling to catch.
Storing Your Fire Starter Tubes:
Store the tubes squished flat with the lint inside. When you are ready to use one, open it up, re-fluff the lint in the tube, and follow the directions above. I store a bunch of these (about 50) in a gallon size resealable freezer bag. I just take one out as I need it and replace them when I use about 10. If you would like to put a bunch of these by (as in prepping or for the Zombie Apocalypse), you can vacuum seal them in lots of 50 to 100.
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Now a Few Pointers for Those of You Who Don't Regularly Have to Light a Fire:
- Safety first! Make sure the place where you are lighting the fire is safe. If inside, make sure there are no items that could catch fire close by. Make sure the flue is open in your hearth. If lighting a fire outside, make sure you have sand or water to help extinguish the fire if it gets too large. Be super careful on windy days or when burning a fire during the hot, dry summer.
- Make sure there is enough air space. Fire requires oxygen to burn. Your lint cannot be tightly packed and your wood cannot either. You must have airspace!
- Be prepared to fan the fire. You can blow on the flames/embers to get them going stronger, but you will get tired quickly. I keep an old paper fan (the kind with a wood handle, not the oriental kind) to fan my fire. It takes up very little space and is easy store.
- You can also use a magnesium fire starter to spark the lint. Magnesium is much more reliable than a lighter or matches and will work in wet conditions.