DIY Fire Starters: Good for Grilling?

DIY Fire Starters: Good for Grilling?

Joanna Miller
Jul 8, 2008

A post about 25 Eco-Chic Ideas for Your Home on AT:SF and Re-Nest got us thinking about grilling. What can we say? We're a little obsessed this month.

The post highlighted an article by eco guru Danny Seo who suggested, among other things, to make homemade fire starters with newspaper, herbs and pine cones and use them in place of composite firelogs and lighter fluid for winter fires.

So, we're wondering – could they be used to start a fire with a charcoal grill?

As we've mentioned, we're fairly new to grilling, so we're still looking for the best way to start our charcoal grill. With no room to grill at our place, we use a small travel grill that fits into a cooler bag, so a chimney starter isn't the best option for portability. A couple of little newspaper bundles would easily fit into a side pocket.

We came across another DIY fire starter project that uses leftover candle wax, sawdust and egg cartons.

Anyone tried something like this? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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