Crazy As It Sounds, Wine Corks Are A Camp Fire’s Best Friend


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Calling All Wine Lovers

I love wine. Whether it’s red, white, or somewhere in between, I love having a glass with dinner from time to time. Needless to say, wine corks tend to collect in my house.


I’m also a lover of camping. Sometimes, I take my wine on my camping trips and combine those two loves in the best possible way. Along the way, I learned that wine could actually be pretty useful on those trips.

Believe it or not, those wine corks that are stacking up after every opened bottle can be used to start your campfire! That’s right, collect those corks, do a few things, and they become the ultimate fire starters.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • wine corks (obviously)
  • rubbing alcohol, lighter fluid, or flammable oil
  • mason jar

How They’re Made

These couldn’t be any easier to make. Simply fill your mason jar with your corks. Then, fill it up with your flammable fluid: the lighter fluid, rubbing alcohol, or oil. Seal your mason jar.

From here, you’re going to want to let these guys sick for as long as possible. If you can let them sit for weeks, then let them sit for weeks. You really want the corks to absorb the liquid.

Once that’s absorbed as much as it possibly can be, you’re ready to use the fire starters. Grab one out of the jar. Light the end furthest away from you, then toss it into a pit with kindling to start your fire.

Then that’s it, you’re done! How easy is that?

Check out the YouTube tutorial by Iron Point Mortgage below to get a better idea of how this is done. Good luck and happy camping!

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