June 11, 2017

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How it is that it take a single match to start a forest fire, but you use a whole box of matches and still can’t get your campfire lit?

Doritos Fire Starter Test at Texas Creek CO

If you’re anything like me, then you are always looking for ways to start your campfire. I have used toilet paper, starter fluid, even gasoline. Some work well and some can be a little dangerous. I read about using Doritos as a fire started and decided to give it a try.

My name is Don Clever, founder of CampWildRide.com and creator of the Rhino Zing product line.

In this Blog post I’ll be demonstrating how to use plain old Doritos to create a great campfire.

If you do an internet search for camping tips and tricks, it seems that on every list you will find “Use Doritos to start your campfire”. I have to admit, I have been camping for many years and never tried to use Doritos to start my fire. I felt maybe it is time to give it a try.

For this demo I use a small bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos, some small pieces of wood and a lighter.

Doritos Fire Starter Test

I put about 6 Doritos chips in a small pile. I carefully put the smallest of the pieces of wood on the chips, then add more wood in a crisscross fashion, getting larger as we added. (Just like any good boy scout!)

Doritos Fire Starter Test

Using the lighter, I lit two of the chips, one on each side. The chips lit very easily and the fire quickly spread to the other Doritos chips.

Within a min or two most of the smallest pieces of wood had caught on fire and began burring the rest of the wood.

Doritos Fire Starter Test

As you probably guessed, I was very impressed with the results. According to Ponder Weasel, it is the oils, powders and other chemical in the chip (and others) that make it so flammable. And the best part is what you don’t use to start the fire you can eat!

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This is Don with Camp Wild Ride and as always, Show us your Wild Side! 

Donald Clever USMC

Donald Clever
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