I am the worst at starting a fire. There. I admitted it. My husband constantly scoffs at my attempts to start a fire without his assistance and it drives me crazy! I hate buying those fire starter logs because, come on, I’m trying to save money and warm our house with the fireplace, not spend more money on fire starters!
I’ve recently found several great articles on making my own fire starters and by spending little to no money!
Lint Fire Starters
With just some dryer lint, cardboard egg cartons and leftover wax from candles or crayons, you can make your own lint fire starters.
Pine Cone Fire Starters
Other Ideas for Homemade Fire Starters
I also found tutorials for these herbal fire starters that I will definitely be drying herbs from my garden next year to try as well as these fire starters made from wood pellet kitty litter. Not interested in making your own homemade fire starters but interested in buying some? You can always purchase these fire starters on etsy.
Commercial Fire Starters
Of course, there are always Duraflame logs which now come in these very handy (and probably more economical) fire starter stix but a lot of people prefer more natural options. (Coupons are available on their website as well as in the 11/6/11 newspaper!) Another tip on these, if you do buy the logs, take an ax and chop it up into small pieces instead of using it all at once like they suggest. You can make those logs go a lot further than one fire!
Fatwood, also known as kindling and lighter wood, is wood from harvested tree stumps that is heavily infused with resin which lights easily. Fatwood can be found in forests (what to look for here) but many companies also sell fatwood. In fact, I’ve seen bundles of it in my local superstore for $8 or less!
There’s no reason we can’t start our own fires ladies! Give one of these ideas a try and surprise your partner with one of these when he comes home one cold night!