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.
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.