I hae been meking these fire starters for years. I found that the sawdust starters don't burn as well as some other materials.
I use wood shavings in my starters. The first time I did this, I used shavings from my cedar strip canoe. So this is a perfect reason to start building your strip canoe or kayak!
I purchase a bag of wood shaving bedding for rodents from a local pet store. A small bag will make enough fire starters for many years or all your friends!
You can also save the lint from your clothes dryer screen and use that instead of the sawdust. It doesn't smell as nice as the wood chips though.
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Posted by: old_user on Jan-26-08 4:37 PM (EST)
I've also used confetti from a paper shredder...only problem there, and possibly with other stuff is that it burned much faster (paper) that did the bulkier wood shavings or saw dust.