The log cabin method is great, but it doesn't make an extremely tall fire. Also, those tiny, tiny, pine sticks that break off of the beaches are wonderful for starting fires. I've seen fires started with just a bundle of hose and a match.
Create easy and nearly free DIY fire starters with items from your home that you'd normally throw out! Repurpose cardboard toilet paper tubes by filling them with dryer lint, and then wrap them in wax paper! Perfect repurpose / upcycle craft project for a
Make your own kindle cones natural pine cones. Their base has been set into a bed of wax infused with bark, spices and cinnamon oil. Light the wick and add to logs to start fire great aroma and roaring fire in minutes.
First-rate fire starters: Pack sawdust into paper muffin cups or a cardboard egg carton. Melt old candles or paraffin, pour over the sawdust & allow to cool. Burn slow when lit but make great starters for a fireplace or campfire.
Campfire Starters - stuff toilet paper rolls with dryer lint. You can even roll and wrap in newspaper. Toilet paper rolls and dryer lint are an inexpensive DIY project - in fact free and you are recycling!