In an ideal world, starting a fire wood be as simple as flipping a switch. We know this because some clever folks have gone so far as to build fireplaces and outdoor firepits where it really is that simple. For those of us who want that rustic, real wood fire, starting one can be dependent on a lot of factors. Weather, temperature, whether your wood has been seasoned, whether you packed the lighter fluid … it can go from sure thing to crapshoot in no time.
The right tinder can make all the difference in the world. This video from HouseholdHacker gives you several tips for creating works-every-time tinder from stuff you’d probably have thrown away, and even better, they’re all individually packaged so you can make and stash several, in case you need one in an emergency, like a winter power outage.