As Heritage Day approaches and the Rugby World Cup captivates fans worldwide, South Africans are gearing up for a weekend of braais with friends and family. But what do you do when you realise you’re out of firelighters, the trusty companions of every braai master? Fear not! There are several ingenious alternatives to firelighters that can get your braai started without a hitch:
Egg Boxes and Cooking Oil:
Cardboard egg boxes are a trusty substitute for firelighters and one of the most-used alternatives in households. Collect empty cartons, and you’ll soon have a stash of fire-starting wonders. Simply pour a bit of cooking oil in the egg box, light the box and place it beneath your logs.
Believe it or not, pumice stones aren’t just helpful to keep our feet in tip-top shape for sandal weather. It can also serve as effective firelighters. Soak them in diesel for a few minutes, then safely light them.
Loadshedding might’ve prepped us for this one! If you have a box of tealight candles at home, you’re in luck. Simply place a candle under each log you wish to burn.
Newspapers are a classic way to ignite a fire without firelighters. Simply crumple several sheets of newspaper and place them under or between your logs. Be cautious not to pack the newspaper too densely to allow for proper airflow.
Dried Citrus Peels:
Dried citrus peels contain oils that fuel fires. Simply dry the peels on a sheet pan or rack, store them in a brown paper bag to keep them fresh, and add them to your fire-starting arsenal.