It’s almost like an art form to properly start a nice fire, but there is nothing more frustrating than thinking that you’ve got the flames going but then they just keep flickering out. So, first things first, you’ve got to start the process with dried wood that’s been sitting for a while so that the moisture content is low. Small sticks, tree bark or small pieces of broken-up timber are needed for kindling, and of course, rolled up newspaper is good for igniting. But even with all that, sometimes it just doesn’t want to light and it can drive you crazy.
So, here’s where our best-kept secret comes into play. Are you ready?… because it’s so simple and it works like magic. The EASIEST, NO-COST way to start a fireplace or fire pit within seconds is using my secret ingredient, which is actually found right in your own home: DRYER LINT.This stuff ignites like crazy! Every time you run your clothes dryer, collect the refuse from the lint catcher, save it up and store it in a small container near your hearth or outside on the patio. Now, when you’re ready to make a fire, start with your rolled up newspaper and then mix small clumps of the dryer lint throughout. Put your kindling on top of the newspaper and you can even sprinkle a little of the dryer lint throughout that as well. I’m telling you, you’ll have flames immediately and you can just place your firewood right on top!
So whether it’s a roaring fireplace for the holidays, or you’re warming up under the stars, the magic of dryer lint is a great way to make it all happen.
Special Note – When you use your fireplace for the first time each season, always look up into the shaft to make sure there’s no creosote build-up.
~ Fitz Jerraboam