Lint and Egg Carton Campfire Starters
These Lint and Egg Carton Campfire Starters will take the frustration out of starting your campfire at camp or with the family and you will be recycling two throw-a-ways at the same time. Impress your Parents or scout leaders with this information.
Cardboard Egg Cartons (not plastic or foam)
Melted crayons or Petroleum Jelly
The melted crayon method definitely needs adult help because of the hot wax of the crayons but the petroleum jelly method is messier. Choose the method that works for you and your kids and what you have on hand.
To make the petroleum jelly fire starters, start by filling the egg carton compartments halfway full of dryer lint. Then grab a big glob of petroleum jelly (generic brands work just as well as Vaseline, and are cheaper!), measuring about 1 tsp or so. Put the petroleum jelly in the middle of the lint then pack the carton tightly with more dryer lint.
Finally, cut the twelve compartments of the egg carton apart with scissors.
To make the melted crayon fire starters pack the egg carton tightly with dryer lint.
Then start with some old broken bits of crayons. Melt the crayons in a aluminum can placed in a pan full of simmering water until the wax is fully melted. Wait a minute for the can to be cool enough to touch, then carefully and SLOWLY pour the melted wax onto the lint, giving it time to soak in.
Leave the wax to cool and then cut the twelve compartments apart with scissors.
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