Make Your Own Firestarters for Fun and Survival

Here are creative ideas 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, 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. (541)247-8900.

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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.