Posted on: 17 March 2015
Many people use a fireplace and a furnace to heat their home. Some use one or the other. Regardless, if your furnace has stopped working and you're waiting on the repairman to arrive, you need to figure out a way to stay warm. If you have a fireplace, then this is the best place to start. Unfortunately, you don't have any store bought fire starters. Luckily, you can make your own with some items that are in your house already.
Lint from the Dryer
If you have some lint from your dryer and an empty toilet paper roll, then you're going to be golden. This is the easiest fire starter that you can make yourself. You need to have enough lint to fill the roll from end to end. Don't pack it too tightly or it won't burn right. It's best if you have a couple of these to get your fire going, but you may be able to make do with just one.
Cotton Balls from the Medicine Cabinet
Almost every household has cotton balls in its medicine cabinet, linen closet or somewhere in the house. Cottons balls are flammable on their own, but even more so when you soak them in petroleum jelly. Once you have the balls saturated, put them in a plastic bag until they're needed. Use around five or six for each DIY fire starter.
Duct Tape from the Toolbox
When crumpled into a ball, duct tape can be an ideal fire starter. If you have some newspaper or some type of paper to crumble and put inside the duct tape, it can work even better.
Egg Carton from the Fridge
This method allows you to create multiple compact fire starters quickly and easily. Use leftover candle wax and broken crayons and fill up a small tin can, such as a coffee can. Get a pot of water hot on the stove and place the can in the water. The heat from the water will melt the wax. While you're waiting for the wax to melt, use shredded paper, sawdust or dryer lint to fill each section of the carton. Pour the wax into each compartment. Once the wax has cooled and hardened, you can break each section apart and have multiple fire starters.
Pinecones from Your Yard
Grab about six pinecones from your yard and tie a piece of string to each pinecone. Hold the string and dip the pinecones into melted wax (which can be obtained the same way as described above). Make sure to dip them several times for multiple layers. Lay them out on a piece of newspaper to cool and harden.
Once you've made the DIY fire starters, all you'll need to do is apply a little bit of hand sanitizer (that has alcohol in it) to your starter and you're ready to get your fire blazing. Now, you won't have to worry about getting too cold until the heating repair person can make it to your home.Share