Make Your Own Firestarters for Fun and Survival

Here’s a creative idea from the May/June 2011 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine” on making your own firestarters. They’ll come in handy if you use a wood stove or if you go camping often.

If you’re looking for a fun activity to keep the kids occupied this winter, then make firestarters. Make some to give as practical gifts. Sell a few at a craft show or farmers market.

As Claire Wolfe points out in her article, firestarters can be made from a number of materials. Give them colors or a special scent.

Here’s an excerpt of the article. View the whole article by clicking the link below.


Make your own firestarters

By Claire Wolfe

I bought an old house last summer and inherited lots of the former owners’ stuff — some of it good and welcome, some strictly landfill-fodder.

Among other things that the sellers left were bags of stove pellets. Now, that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, the stove for those pellets has a broken igniter and some of the pellets were stored in damp conditions and are dissolving back into the sawdust they were made from.

Read the whole article here:

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. 1-800-835-2418.


Have you made your own firestarters? How did it work out for you? Is this something you’d like to try? Or would you rather buy them? Share your experiences with others by leaving a comment below.

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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.