Happy time-to-throw-a-bunch-of-wood-and-wadded-up-balls-of-newspaper-into-that-sooty-box-under-the-mantlepiece season! Whether using a wood-burning fireplace for heating purposes or strictly for the cozy ambiance, everyone has their own special technique when it comes to nurturing that tiny spark into a roaring blaze. Pinecones, palmetto leaves, and dried moss are always a highly flammable — and also free — way to go, but why hunt and gather for tinder when you're at home? Save it for camping!
Below are a few effective, chemical-free tinder and kindling options of the non-survival nature (so yes, you'll need fireplace matches). All are made in the U.S., most from recycled and non-toxic materials, and are appropriate for indoor wood-burning fireplaces. All are far easier to manage and less dangerous than using last week's Wall Street Journal. And if you happen to have a stockpile of sawdust and candle wax at home (because who doesn't?), check out the DIY fire starters tutorials at the bottom of the page
F-Bomb Firestarter by Shift Studios @ Etsy ($2/each)
Qwicklite @ KIOSK ($12/5 oz bag)
Fortune Fire Starters by FireStylers @ Etsy ($7/set of 3)
Dad's Firestarter Eggs @ Dad's Firestarters ($9.95/carton of 12)
TerraCycle Fire Starters @ DwellSmart ($8.99)
Light My Fire Mayan TinderSticks @ Amazon.com ($7.19 - 1 oz)
Fatwood Kindlin' — 13 pound box @ Fatwood Kindlin' ($19.49)
Little Bucket Firestarters — Small Lobster Crate @ Little Bucket Firestarters ($49.99 - 35 pieces)
Here's a few recycling-minded do-it-yourself fire starter ideas that don't involve last week's USA Today. And if possible, swap out paraffin for soy whenever wax is called for.
Waterproof Dryer Lint Fire Starter — Instructables
Pine Cone Fire Starters — Design*Sponge
DIY Fire-Starting Wafers — Lifehacker
Herbal Fire Starter — Whole Living
Cupcake Fire Starters — Notes from A Cottage Industry
Wine Cork Fire Starters — Real Simple
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