In the dry, summer weather, it’s usually pretty easy to start a fire, because the kindling and firewood are usually pretty dry.
But what if your camping reservations were made months ago and the forecast looked terrific until a few days before your trip?
As with anything camp-related, planning ahead is essential, and thinking about your campfire ahead of time is no exception. That’s why making your own firestarters is such a great idea!
Now, there are several ways you can make these, some include using paraffin or similar wax, which helps to keep the burn slow and steady, and solidifies the other materials used in making them.
In this post, I talked about using empty toilet paper rolls with dryer lint, and these work great! They stay dry, and you can make tons of them in no time. However, my husband has found a better way.
Since starting keto, we go through a fair amount of bacon and while I try to use the bacon grease whenever possible in other cooking, it’s not always possible. My husband has been adding it to our firestarters and it’s made a big difference.
He takes an empty egg carton and distributes dryer lint into each cup, and then fills it about halfway with bacon grease. Since our current temperature in the house is chilly enough to hang meat, it doesn’t take long for these to solidify on the counter. When they’re solid, the cups can be separated with scissors or a knife and we can toss them into a large ziplock bag for storage.
-Don’t pour still-hot bacon grease into the egg carton. Wait for it to cool so that it doesn’t splash and burn your skin. You want to be sure it’s pourable but cool enough to work with.
-When storing these firestarter cups, keep them in a cool place where they can’t melt. If they melt, the bag is just going to be one giant mess and you’ll be cursing me. Keep them dry and cool, preferably in your basement.
-Summer storage – I do not recommend freezing these. And I’m not convinced that refrigerating them is a good idea either. Definitely don’t freeze them, because the moisture that will undoubtedly collect will not help your fire.
-Make enough for each night of your camping trip, but make some extras. On a damp, chilly morning, you’ll appreciate having a couple of extras so you can warm up by a morning campfire.
-They won’t smell pretty. You’re burning bacon grease, and it will probably smell unpleasant. You can add some bundles or leaves of lavender, mint, lemon balm or sage to your campfire, which will also aid in driving away the mosquitoes.
Have you ever made your own firestarters?