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Feeding the Deer Naturally

Just a fun photo to share on how we are feeding the deer on our property naturally. We recently had to cut down a tree that was hanging dangerous over the house. After limbing the tree there were all these branches on the ground with tons of witch’s hair on them.

Well it didn’t take long for all of these does to come munch on the treats. The dried material often misrepresented as moss is really Lichens. The formal name is Alectoria sarmentosa or witch’s hair and is sometimes classified as a fungus.

Anyway the deer love witch’s hair from the limbs which provides an outstanding food source for deer and other animals. I should also mention that witch’s hair is a good firestarter. Just find some dried stuff under branches if you are in the woods and in need of some tinder for a fire. It works great and is usually easy to find hanging from tree limbs.


Dryer Lint & Egg Carton Firestarters

Recycling dryer lint and egg cartons can make some great firestarters. Dryer lint burns well and is a wonderful material to use for making fire starters.

All you need to do is save the dryer lint from the clothes dryer vent, a few cardboard egg cartons, and some old candle wax. I added some bits of wood and yarn scraps to enhance the firestarters. You can use cardboard and scraps of paper also for additional material in your firestarters.

Fill the egg carton with bits of the materials such as dryer lint, yarn and paper about 1/4 full. I just use whatever materials I have on hand at the time to fill each egg cup hole. Warm old candle wax and dibble it in each hole over the material. Add more dryer lint and/or yarn and wood bits and dibble more hot wax over the materials until Continue Reading →


Toilet Paper Roll Firestarters

Today’s tip is how to recycle your toilet paper rolls and repurpose your dryer lint. Recycled toilet paper rolls make excellent firestarters. Just save your toilet paper rolls and stuff them with lint from your dryer lint trap.

I find it useful to keep a few empty rolls by the dryer and then each time I empty the lint trap, I just stuff the lint into the paper roll. After a few drying cycles, the roll is full and I keep it near my woodstove along with kindling for firestarting.


Dryer Lint Makes Great Firestarters

Using dryer lint for firestarters isn’t a new idea but I just wanted to share a quick post in case you haven’t tried it yourself. I used to just throw my dryer lint out but then I found it has many handy uses one of which is that it burns easily. Just throw the little chunks of lint and into your woodstove or fireplace as you build your fire. I like to place a small ball of lint at the bottom of the wood stove with my newspaper and then place the kindling on top. Then put the match to the lint to light the fire and you will have a blazing fire soon.

One other useful tip is to save your lint in toilet or paper towel rolls. You shove the lint into the tubes after you clean out your dryer vent. I started doing this recently and it works great to just throw the paper tubes into my woodstove when I make my fire. The lint really is a great firestarter and plus it’s free. Oh and one last idea, if you are out in the woods and need a quick firestarter, check your pockets and get the lint out from the bottom of your pants pockets. Pocket lint works great to start a fire in a pinch.