Make a few no-fail fire starters out of household debris ahead of time, and have a safe and happy camp fire on your rain-soaked outing.
And remember: only set fire to objects that actually belong to you. Camp responsibly, or Smokey the Pants-Wearing Bear will come for you...
First: gather materials for your fire starters.
1 cardboard egg carton
A large handful of lint from the dryer
Some used-up old candles or piles of candle wax.
You will need to melt the wax, and you will need a double boiler setup for this.
Any wax used in a saucepan or cooking pot will make the pot unusable for food. So, a good way to handle this is to find an old saucepan at the thrift store and use it, or you can also melt the wax in a clean glass pickle jar set into a pot of hot water.
Step 1: Melt the Wax
Use a glass jar or thrift-store pot - whatever is most convenient for you. Wax can scorch and burn if its melted directly on the heat source, which is why it must be melted on a pot of boiling water. This is why it makes a great fire starter.
Step 2: Deploy the Pine Cone Array
Put a pinecone in each of the cups in the egg carton.
Tear off chunks of the dryer lint and stuff some around each pinecone.
Step 3: Pouring the Wax
Then pour the wax over the pinecone into each well in the egg carton.
Make sure to drizzle some of the wax over the dryer lint as this will keep it from breaking off later on.
Pour enough wax into each well so that the pinecone will be securely seated in the egg carton.
Step 4: Dividing the Egg Carton
Of course, you can always leave it intact and just rip off what you need when the time comes.
Step 5: The Finished Product
Step 6: Packaging the Fire Starter