The Great Outdoors

The BEST kindling for starting a fire

Searched online for something to light a fire. It said “no matches found”.


I have started many fires in my life, (most of them on purpose), and it always seems like the hardest fire to get going is the campfire when you have people watching. There is nothing more embarrassing than trying for 30 minutes to start a fire with nothing to show for it but a small pile of ashes and some burned leaves.

There are several things you can do to increase your success at starting a campfire and I will do an entire post on them soon I promise, but for now I will leave you with this one small tip. One of the best things you can do when lighting a fire is to make sure you have good kindling. Kindling is the small stuff that a fire needs to grow into a nice crackling campfire that everyone enjoys with no accelerant needed (gasoline, kerosene, diesel, lighter fluid). There are several things you can use for this, such as leaves, pine needles, bird nests, hair (yuck), or you can use my secret ingredient.

save your dryer lint for starting campfires

Yep, that’s right! Dryer lint. This stuff makes for AMAZING kindling and it is 100% FREE. Just keep a shopping bag near the dryer to put your lint into when you clean the trap, so you always have a ready supply of some of the best kindling around. Dryer lint kindling works better than leaves, pine needles, cedar, or anything else I have found when it comes to flammability (the ease of which something catches on fire) and portability (imagine putting a zip-lock baggie in your backpack when hiking or camping.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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