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How to Make Fire-Starters Out of Dryer Lint

Save that stack of newspaper and can of lighter fluid – make fire-starters with a few household items.


  • : Children should not play with fire. Fires should only be made under adult supervision. Melted paraffin wax is dangerous can cause severe burns.
  • Step 1: Secure Close one end of the cardboard toilet paper roll with tape, pack it full of dryer lint, and tape the other end.
  • Step 2: Arrange firewood Arrange your firewood around the tube, light the middle of the tube, and watch your fire get started.
  • TIP: Keep a container by your dryer to save dryer lint.
  • Step 3: Stuff lint into egg carton Alternatively, stuff dryer lint into each compartment of an empty egg carton.
  • Step 4: Cover with wax Pour melted paraffin wax into each cup until they are half-full. Then break off one or two sections, arrange your firewood around them, light them, and enjoy your fire.
  • FACT: Stephen King's novel, Firestarter, won the American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults award in 1981.

You Will Need

  • A toilet paper roll
  • Tape
  • Dryer lint
  • Firewood
  • Matches
  • Paraffin wax
  • A cardboard egg carton
  • A container for lint (optional)

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