Last night my family celebrated the winter solstice by building a fire in our back yard fire pit, drinking warm apple cider and talking about what why we are grateful.
If you’ve ever tried to build a fire outside, you know that it can sometimes be a challenge. Especially if the air is moist and the wood is damp. One way to make it a little bit easier is to make a homemade fire starter.
When I make homemade fire starters, I use bacon grease, dryer lint and cardboard egg cartons. These are things that, on their own, I would normally just throw away. But put them together and suddenly you’ve got all you need to make a great fire.
Homemade Fire Starter
Cardboard Egg Carton (NOT Styrofoam!) (or Dixie Cups)
Begin by heating your bacon grease. It doesn’t need to be too hot – just warm enough so that it is pourable. (I usually store my bacon grease in a covered mason jar in the freezer, adding to it each time I make bacon).
Open your cardboard egg carton and place it on a metal baking sheet.
Fill each of the holes with dryer lint.
Pour bacon grease into each of the egg holes, filling each one to the top.
Place the baking sheet into the freezer (or refrigerator) until the bacon grease has hardened.
Once the bacon grease has hardened, cut the carton apart and store your fire starters in a Ziploc bag the freezer.
To use your homemade fire starter, simply place it in the center of your fire pit. Place small sticks and kindling around the homemade fire starter and build your fire as you normally would.