How to Make Fire Starters for a Campfire

How to Make Fire Starters for a CampfireThere are quite a few different recipes for making your own fire starters to use on a camping trip. Here's one where you can likely find most of the ingredients right at your home. If you have some pine cones and some paraffin, you're on your way to making your own fire starters. This is a project that the kids can also help with. Since you'll be dealing with hot wax, it's best to have supervision around at all times.


Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Making Fire Starters for a Campfire

Things You’ll Need:
  • Pine Cones
  • Paraffin
  • Wax Paper
  • Tongs
  • Old or Disposable Pot
  • Paper Bag
  • String
Step 1
Gather some pine cones. The size of your pine cones won't matter. The bigger your pine cone, the bigger the fire starter will be. Shake off any dirt that is attached to the pine cones.
Step 2
Melt several blocks of paraffin on medium low heat in an old pot that you won't mind messing up. The melted wax will almost surely ruin the pot so don't plan on cooking with it again. You should be able to find paraffin at your local craft or grocery store.
Step 3
Lay out a sheet of wax paper upon a flat surface. This will be where the pine cones will be set to dry. Wrap a piece of string several times around the pine cone ending at the top, leaving one or two inches of string hanging off the top of the cone. This will be coated with the wax and is what you will light.
Step 4
Pick up a pine cone with your tongs, making sure to gather the end of the string and place it into the pot of melted paraffin. Roll the pine cone around until the paraffin has coated all sides of it. Be careful not to burn yourself with the melted wax.
Step 5
Place the paraffin-coated pine cone on the wax paper. Pick up another pine cone with your tongs and repeat the above steps.
Step 6
Store your pine cones in a paper bag once they are completely dry. Place them in a cool area away from any flames until you're ready to use them. Don't place them in a plastic bag because heat can form inside the bag and the wax will become soft.

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Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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