Knowing how to start a fire, and how to build that fire once it has started are top priority life and survival skills. Learn 26 Firestarting Tricks so you’re never caught unprepared.
26 Homemade Firestarters | Tricks to Build a Fire!
Have you ever been in the wilderness where there was no source of fire, no gas, no burner not even a lighter to help you build your own fire?! Or, imagine being at home and all light and electricity has left you. How will you survive? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. We’ve got 26 ways to build a fire, right here! This will be helpful for your next trip to the forest, to teach kids their survival skills, or if you’re just having your own backyard bonfire.
1. Build a Fire with Lemon Peel
Get some lemon peel and bake them until they are dark. Toss them in the flame to start your fire, and enjoy the heavenly aroma it emits.
2. Build a Fire with Makeup Pads
- Cotton pads work great for starting a fire. image via
Melt some wax, and dip the cotton makeup pads in it. Toss these into the fire and the flame will burn the cotton, and the wax will help keep it sustained.
3. Build a Fire with Dry Herbs
- dry herbs make great kindling. image via
Build your fire with this mixture of mind, lavender, wood kindling, and twine. Wrap them up and place them in the fire. They will help the fire burn, smell nice, AND help repel mosquitos – all while you stay warm.
4. Build a fire with a pine cone firestarter
- Dip pinecones in wax for a long burning flame. image via
Melt some paraffin wax dip your pinecone into it to make a long burning fire starter.
5. Use steel wool and a battery to start a fire
- A battery and steel wool will spark when crossed. image via
Get a 9 volt battery plus steel wool. Then let both parties meet and it will spark! Spark it over your paper or twigs to start the fire.
6. Build a Fire with an Egg carton to build fire
- Make an egg carton firestarter with pine needles. image via
Start with sprigs from a pine tree (perfect for December) melted wax and an empty egg carton!. Place the sprigs in the egg carton and pour some wax over it. Once cooled down cut out the individual pieces, toss them over a single flame and enjoy building your pine-scented fire!
7. Build a fire with Tissue paper
- Make this diy tissue match firestarter. image via
Rolled tissue with a match can be our firestarter just by dipping it into a wax. Just like what is on the picture. Super easy, right? 🙂
8. Build a Fire with Mini Straws
- Diy straw firestarters. image via
Build your own waterproof firestarters with straws! Here’s how
9. Build a Fire with Wine Corks
- great idea for repurposed wine corks! image via
Store wine corks in a mason jar filled with alcohol. Once ready, pop one over a flame and watch it ignite!
10. Build a fire with aromatic firestarters
- This is the best smelling firestarter! image via
These are beautiful aromatic firestarters made from wax, dried herbs, and muffin tins! Click here to learn how!
11. Build a Fire with Recycled Home Goods
- recycled goods can make a great firestarter. image via
Stuffed the dryer lint into the toilet paper tube and wrap it with a newspaper. This is an easy firestarter you can do at home. Try now!
12. Build a Fire with a Pill Bottle
- Secret pill bottle firestarter trick. image via
Next time you finish your vitamins or medicine keep those pill bottles. Have your cotton, petroleum jelly and pill container. Make sure that you were able to put petroleum jelly all throughout the cotton before filling the bottle. Once complete, a ready to use firestarter is ready.
13. Build a fire with charcloth
- Build a fire with charcloth. image via
All you’ve gotta do for this one is char cloth, 100% cotton cloth, and keep it safe. Here’s how.
14. Build a Fire with an Egg Carton, Sawdust, and Wax.
- Great firestarter idea here! image via
Make your firestarter with some sawdust, paraffin wax, and an egg container. Put the sawdust in the egg carton, melt the wax over and let it cool. Your fire awaits.
15. Build a Fire with Duct Tape
- Cool duct tape firestarter. image via
Build a fire with a duct tape fire starter, this one can last for 7 minutes, that’s plenty of time to get the blaze going! Instructions here.
16. Build a Fire with Waterproof fire starters
- Make easy waterproof firestarters via Budget101.com
Create your own waterproof firestarter with paper cups, melted paraffin wax, sawdust, and Q-tip. Put some sawdust in the paper cup and Q-tip which needs to be in the center, then, pour the wax all over it. Keep it cool for a moment and you are ready to make some fire!
17. Build a Fire with Cotton Balls and Petroleum Jelly
- Cotton Balls dipped in petroleum will burn for minutes. image via
Save space, and prepare some firestarters with cotton balls soaked in melted petroleum jelly. This little guy will last for minutes once lit!
18. Build a fire with a super match fire starter.
- Make this super match firestarter. image via
19. Build a Fire with Flaming Potato Chips
- Burn your chips for a make shift fire. image via
Need to start your campfire, but left your kindling at home? No problem! Use your greasy potato or tortilla chips to start the blaze.
20. Build a fire with toilet paper
- TP, Coffee, and alcohol. What more could you need? image via
All you need to start a make-shift fire is a roll of toilet paper, a tin (empty coffee tins work great), and some alcohol. Put the tp in can, smother it in fluid, and take it with you. Light it with your matches the next time you need a big burning flame.
21. Build a fire with Jute
- Jute is a classic firestarter. image via
Jute makes great kindling, especially if you shave it into fine hairs. Learn how to waterproof it here.
22. Build a fire with dryer lint and cooking oil
- This DIY firestarter is completely free! image via
Build a fire out of recycled trash. Save your dryer lint, and excess cooking oil. Store them in a jar together. The next time you need a fire, pull some out and use it to build the flame.
23. Build a Fire with dryer lint and wax
- Dryer lint and wax work well together to keep a flame burning. image via
You can make yet another firestarter out of egg cartons with melted wax from candles, and dryer lint. Cut them apart and take them with you and light them for an easy fire on the go.
24. Start a fire with a magnifying glass
- The old school way to start a fire. image via
Out of matches? You can start a fire the old-fashioned way, with just a magnifying glass and sunlight! Details here
25. Build a Fire with a Crayon
- Now if only the flame burned different colors too… image via
If you’re desperate for a flame, turn to the kids table and light a crayon on fire! Be sure to keep something disposable underneath it to collect the melting wax.
26. Build a cupcake fire!
- A cupcake fire!? Sounds delightful! image via
Fill cupcake liners with wood chips, then cover them in wax. These make great fire starters to use on the go.
Use these ideas the next time you need help building a fire. All you need is matches (waterproof are always a good idea), Then light one of these handmade firestarters up and toss them into the pit. You’ll have a roaring flame in no time. Please, always use caution when handling open flame.
Do know other way on how to build a fire? Let us know in the comments section below!