Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Eggs-tra Special Campfire Starter...

Summertime means...campfires, s'mores, relaxing and family fun.

Want to make fire starting eggs-tra easy? I saw this idea in a book years and years ago, and wanted to share it with you.



Recycle a CARDBOARD (only) egg carton and fill it with "match light" charcoal. Fill each egg cup with one brickette.


Make sure they are match light charcoal and the carton is cardboard, NOT the styrofoam kind.


Close up the carton and it's perfect to take with you to the campground.


Add to your campfire site, barbecue grill or your fire pit. This is the fire pit we keep in our back yard for s'more parties!! (we don't keep it next to those trees...I just had to move it in the shade for the picture)


The cardboard carton is easy to light with a match and then the charcoal starts too!!

Storage, transporting and ease of starting...Perfect!!



Make up several cartons and keep them on hand to take with you camping or just keep in a safe place for those last minute fires you have in the backyard for roasting hot dogs or marshmallows!

Have a great day,
~Karen~

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18 comments:

  1. that's an awesome tip!! thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Dryer lint is also great for helping start campfires. I used to save it for the scout troop.

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  3. What a great tip, and just in time for the Fourth of July! Thanks

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  4. What a neat tip.....and you could probably get away with just 6 per fire which is even better :) Your just a wealth of knowledge friend xx

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  5. Another great idea Karen! I save my egg cartons year round, along with my toilet paper and paper towel tubes. This is what I use to start wood files in our fireplace in the winter. I open 3 egg cartons and overlap the middle one with one half of each of the side cartons. Then I crush some toilet paper tubes and slide them into the paper towel tubes and lay them long ways on the egg cartons, one tube in each long section. I put this whole thing under the grate, load up the wood, light it in a few places, and it's good to go! Much neater than wadding up newspapers too! Ick!

    MGM

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  6. What a handy tip, thank you!

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  7. What a brilliant idea. How do you think up all these wonderful things?
    Thanks for sharing. Ali x

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  8. Fantastic tip - thank you x

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  9. I like your idea, when I was a Girl Scout Leader for my daughter, we took these same egg holders, filled them with dryer lint then poured melted paraffin wax over all of them. After they dried, we cut apart. These were great "fire starters".

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  10. Ack! I could have used this tip last week. We just got back from a camping trip today. The first night it was so windy, we had so much trouble lighting the grill... I will remember this for our spring camping trip....

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  11. What a great tip! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I wished I would have seen this fire starter idea last night. I had a bit of a hard time lighting my grill. Plus with this idea I probably would have saved on lighter fluid. You would be surprised how many people who don't no how to start a fire and maintain the fire. Great Post

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  14. Loved this idea, but mine didn't work when I tried it. I guess too much air gets to the bricks and the "starter fluid" inside the charcoals evaporated. ???? Not sure, but it just didn't work well for me.

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  15. I have always used dryer lint as well, Cheryl. I don't remember if I learned that in scouts or not. Pack each egg-well with lint. I take an old tin can (from canned food) and melt some household/canning wax on the stove, then pour it over the lint (have the egg carton sitting on something because the wax will go through!) Each egg-well will burn for about 45 minutes, if done right! Great for starting fires when the conditions aren't perfect.

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  16. What a great tip!

    I'll be posting this to our Summer Essentials pinboard. Check it out at pinterest.com/homedepot.

    - Chante

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  17. LOVE this idea! Just wanted you to know it was featured on our site today: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/food/101-camping-tips-ideas/ Thanks so much for sharing!!! XOXO, The Dating Divas

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  18. I'll have to try it! My current method: I use paper coffee filters to filter bacon grease to save for other uses. I save the fat soaked coffee filters to use to start fires.

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