Hack of the Month

by | Aug 22, 2022 | Backpacking

How do you feel about campfires? Most of us campers LOOOVE a good, crackling fire to end the day. How do you get your fire going? Be honest… I’ve seen you throw in a day’s worth of newspaper, a used pizza box, a squirt of charcoal fluid or white gas. How about something a little safer and eco-friendly, that is lightweight and easily transportable for backpacking as well as car camping? Save your candle stubs and cut them into 1” lengths. Keep the wick intact. Wrap the stubs in strips of waxed paper and twist the ends to close them up (like a piece of taffy.) To use, light the waxed paper twist. The waxed paper and candle together will burn for 2 or 3 minutes depending on the size. More than enough time to get small pieces of tinder going. Here is a YouTube video demonstration of this technique and 2 other light and easy firestarters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhdkna2iL_8&t=3s

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