How to Make a Lasting Firestarter

Happy Campers love to go camping. And we love smores even more! For those delicious smores you need a campfire. This camping hack kicks off the fire and keeps it HOT so the fire will last for hours.

All you need is:

  • 1 empty paper egg carton
  • 1 bag of charcoal firestarters
  • 1 empty paper towel roll
  • A handful of dryer lint

Step 1: Empty Egg Carton

Take out all of the eggs in the egg carton. If you have done this or had an empty egg carton this move on to step 2. Make sure it is a paper egg carton. Plastic and styrofoam will just melt around the charcoal and the hack will not work.

Step 2: Fill Egg Carton

Place a charcoal firestarter in place of where each egg was.

Step 3: Fill Empty Paper Towel Roll

Fill the empty paper towel roll with the dryer lint. Make sure the dryer lint is spaced out inside of the roll. This will ensure there is a little bit of oxygen in the roll.

Step 4: Setup Fire Starters in a Fire Pit

Setup Fire Starters - Camping Hacks

Place the fire starters in the middle of the fire pit with room for the firewood.

Step 5: Setup Firewood & Light

Set up your firewood like normal. We have stacked this one in a cone/teepee style. However, you can set it up in other configurations: log cabin or pyramid. See REI for other types.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Kick back and enjoy your campfire.