I was reminded today how much we enjoy our firepit. (Thanks Angie!!) There are many weekend nights we wrap things up with an hour or so by our simple little firepit. There is something about sitting by a fire, no matter where it is at, that encourages relaxation, as well as good conversation. Makes simple weekends spent at home feel like a real treasure.
My husband is very good at starting a fire (aren’t all men?”) but on occasion he uses commercial firestarters to speed things up and get the fire rolling faster. These can get expensive as well as something we do not necessarily HAVE to purchase if I found an alternate HOMEMADE idea instead. More money savings and of course, all things you have in your home and “green” as well.
I found a homemade tip I am now using and would like to pass on to you.
Homemade fire starters:
1 empty cardboard tube of paper towels or toilet paper
“Simple” huh??? Secure one end of the tube with a small amount of tape. Fill with dryer lint that normally goes in our garbage. Pack it in fairly tight, and secure the top of the tube. Light the middle of the tube with a match and your fire will be ready to go.
Now, you can “collect” your lint and make many of these to have on hand, ahead of time, and ready to do. They would store nice and neat in a box of sorts. Heck, I can even take it one step further, and how about making them, roughly decorating the outside of the tube, stack about 6 of them, secured with a bow and given as the ultimate FRUGAL gift!!! No matter what the cost of gift giving, I would personally be VERY tickled and impressed for someone to do this for me!! am I alone here? This would cost NOTHING, yet a “green” gift with alot of thought and effort on your part. This is ideal in my opinion!!!! Maybe (Angie) keep this a secret and have Zach do this for Brian for Fathers Day!!! Let Zach decorate them all on his own!!! PERFECT!!! and much better gift than a necktie!! LOL !!!!
(one suggestion though) in my opinion ONLY, these are best suited for outdoor fires!!! I am not intending to use this inside in our fireplace in the house. We never burn paper, of any kind for it as I have heard in the past it can clog the flue. Gotta add that disclaimer as I am not too interested in causing anyone to PAY for a chimney sweep or burning their house down!!! yikes
I am still working and brainstorming on the next “challenge” but in the meantime, this felt like a good update and more in the relaxing apsect than an update to make you WORK. After all, this IS a long weekend!!!!