Super Simple Fire Starter

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When you love to grill as much as I do, every now and then you will be ready to start cooking when you realize you don't have any way to start a fire. Out of this necessity I figured out a simple way to make a great fire starter from products almost everyone always has around the house. These starters actually work so well, and are so quick and simple they have become my normal method of starting my grill.

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Step 1: What You Need

Here is what you need:

1. A Dinner Plate
2. Cooking Oil
3. A Paper Towel

Technically you don't NEED the dinner plate, but it works well to contain any mess. There are a bunch of other things you could use in it's place if you ever found a need to, be creative.

Step 2: Put It All Together

Now that you have the supplies, here is what you do with them:

1. Place the paper towel on the dinner plate
2. Drizzle the cooking oil over the paper towel. Allow it to soak in.
3. Use the paper towel to "mop up" any excess oil on the dinner plate and uniformly soak the paper towel with oil.

Step 3: Fold It Up

Once all the oil is soaked into the paper towel, and the towel is uniformly saturated with oil, fold the paper towel in half 4 times. This creates a nice small densely packed starter.

Step 4: Light It

Put the fire starter in your grill/fire pit/whatever and light it like you normally would and enjoy. I use mine on the grill with 3 balls of newspaper and a chimney starter with excellent results.

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      -JMS-

      5 years ago on Introduction

      You could cover it in wax to for a fireproof one. Spray deodorant also works well.

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      russ_hensel

      11 years ago on Introduction

      Use fat drained from bacon.... Then u are using something you would otherwise throw out, unless you are already making soap.

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      unjustruss_hensel

      Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

      or cooking with it. lard is a highly underrated cooking grease. (albeit not entirely healthy, moderation in all things)

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      drjeronimo

      7 years ago on Introduction

      just add about 5 to 10 teaspoons of sugar ( white or brown is the same) and adds about 10 minutes of burning time.

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      shuboyje

      10 years ago on Introduction

      My Brother in-law rolls his, they work very nice like that.

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      shuboyje

      11 years ago on Introduction

      The greener the better! This is a really simple concept that is EASY to expand upon depending on what you have on hand. Any oil you can soak into the towel should yield very similar results.

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      explorer!101

      11 years ago on Introduction

      A better and more reliable fire starter is part of an egg box with cuttings of wood with melted wax poured on!!! Excellent way for a fire lighter in the greater outdoors

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      thats cool dude the next time i have a pit fire with my friends ill start it up with ease with this instructable. thanks alot

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      shuboyje

      11 years ago on Introduction

      Sorry about that, fixed it along with a typo I noticed.