I’ll be the first to admit, that when it comes to starting a fire, I could use some help.  I have tried and tried but if I’m able to finally get a fire started, it tends to fizzle out within minutes.  Recently, my in-laws came for a visit and shared a really great tip with me.  They said they save empty toilet paper rolls and then stuff dryer lint in them to use as fire starters.  Easy and free!  I couldn’t wait to try it out.  Last week, my hubby was at work and it was a particularly cold day so I decided to give it a go.


With a family of 8, we have plenty of toilet paper rolls and and endless supply of dryer lint!  I stuffed the roll and headed to the fireplace.


Normally, I use a bunch of twigs or other kindling to get things going (or at least attempt to get them going!).  This time, I just put two logs in the fireplace, stuffed the roll underneath them and lit it.  I have to say, I was skeptical.  However, within about five minutes, the logs had caught and a good fire was starting!


It worked!  And I’m proud to say, the fire lasted hours!  When my hubby got home, he said “YOU made a fire??”. He said when he got close to the house and saw smoke coming out of the chimney has was pretty surprised (my lack of fire starting skills are well known 😉  ).   So, hopefully this little tip will help others who may not be expert fire starters and help you stay warm and cozy this winter!

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  1. Amy W.
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Great idea! I’m going to use this with our American Heritage Girls.

  2. shelly peterson
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    This is pretty cool! I would never have thought of this, it works and its free :)I will be passing this idea on.

  3. Ashley Chassereau Parks
    Posted February 9, 2014 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Such a neat idea and with materials that would go to waste normally! Now if only I had a fireplace! 🙂

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