If you frequently camp or spend time outdoors, you know how essential starting a fire can be. It's a source of light, warmth, and food. In an emergency situation, starting a fire could save your life. Even though this skill is so important, sometimes conditions are far from ideal when it comes to starting a fire. Luckily, this lemon fire starter can help you get a fire going in almost any climate. All you need are a few simple items to create this lifesaving DIY. Best of all, they are very portable and will fit easily into any hiking bag.
For this DIY, you will need:
- A lemon
- Six copper clips
- Six zinc nails
- Steel wool
Here's how to make your own lemon fire starter:
- Roll the lemon between your palms to soften it.
- Stick the copper clips into the lemon, spaced about a centimeter apart, creating a row of clips.
- Create another row next to the copper clips with the zinc nails. Make sure the copper clips and the zinc nails don't touch each other.
- Attach wire between the second copper clip and the third zinc nail. Do this for all the clips and nails, leaving the first copper nail and last zinc clip.
- Wrap wire around the first copper clip and the last zinc nail. Make sure the ends of these wires don't touch.
- Prepare you fire pit with steel wool and some fire starter like tissue paper. Touch the ends of the wire to the steel wool. This will create a short circuit and ignite the fire starter.