How to Use Dryer Lint as Kindling

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If you're the kind of person who likes to find a use for everything in the home, you'll love this handy tip. Instead of throwing away the lint from your dryer's traps, you can use it as a powerful kindling for your fireplace or outdoor fire pit. Read about the process below and start turning your waste into something useful.

Things You'll Need

  • Dryer
  • Dryer lint
  • Plastic container or bag
  • Newspaper
  • Dry firewood
  • Matches or lighter
  • Fireplace or fire pit
  • Empty the lint traps on your dryer on a regular basis. Keep a plastic container or bag near your dryer so that you can collect and save the lint as you go.

  • Take a handful of lint from the container when you want to make a fire. Mold the mass of lint into a long, thin roll.

  • Lay the roll of lint on a piece of newspaper. Roll the newspaper up with the lint inside.

  • Arrange firewood in a fire pit or fireplace. Stack the wood in a grid-like manner so that all of the logs can get plenty of oxygen.

  • Stick the long, lint-filled roll of newspaper through the gaps between the firewood. Arrange it so the paper will ignite the firewood from underneath when lit. Depending on the amount of wood being used, you may need to prepare a second roll of lint and newspaper.

  • Use a match or lighter to light the end of the newspaper roll. The flame will start slowly, but when it reaches the lint, it will burn faster and hotter. The flash created by the lint igniting is often enough to get properly dried firewood to burn.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always have access to a fire extinguisher when building a fire in an indoor fireplace. If you're building a fire in an outdoor fire pit, make sure you have either a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water.

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