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Cotton Ball Fire Starters

Posted On: October 13, 2017

Trying to get a campfire started can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. That’s why campfire starters come in handy. Did you know you can simply use 2 practical household products and make your own fire starters? You can by using cotton balls and petroleum jelly!!


Even better news, these fire starters are very simple and easy to make. You’ll just need to prepare these before you leave for the great outdoors, and then place them in a plastic baggie that seals up tight. Once you’re ready to prepare your fire, you’ll toss a couple under the logs with some kindling and light it.


These campfire starts will burn for about 2 minutes. This should give you plenty of time to get your fire started. The wonderful thing about these cotton ball fire starters is that they limit the amount of kindling you’ll need. This saves you the time of cutting and looking for wood.


Here’s what you’ll need to make and prepare these Cotton Ball Fire Starters:


Items needed

 Cotton Balls

Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)

Sandwich Size Plastic Bags

Rag or paper towel for clean up





1.Take a small scoop of petroleum jelly, about two finger tips full. 2. Spread the jelly around the cotton ball making sure to leave a small portion of the cotton ball uncovered. (I would suggest that you don’t dunk the cotton ball into the container of petroleum jelly. It will stick and quickly tear apart as you try to remove it.)
3. Place them in a row in the bottom of a plastic bag and then seal it shut.
4. Make as many as needed and use them at your next camp out.


This is a simple task the whole family can help with so everyone can enjoy a nice warm campfire.

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