Why Can I Use Doritos as a Fire Starter?

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For many, being outdoors and taking nature in is one of the most satisfying experiences. But as soon as the sun begins to set and the temperature begins to drop, it is time to get a fire going. Depending on your location, preparedness, and resourcefulness, starting a fire could be quite the predicament. To be prepared, most campers pack starter logs or lighter fluid to facilitate the process, but what is a fire master to do without the right materials?

Doritos Fire Starter

As it turns out, you can use a Doritos fire starter. That’s right, that tasty chip you love to hate is one of the finest options to have to help you get a fire going in a pinch. It turns out that the chemicals, powdered flavors, and oil in the chips make the perfect combination for combustion and snack. It would only make sense that a junk food with that much taste would have the same combustible properties as gasoline, right? Once the Doritos fire starter is heated to ignition, each chip color will provide you with a different light show.

While our guilty chip pleasure may be Doritos, research and some seriously scholarly experimentation reveal that  such fire starting potential  looks to be possible with nearly all oily and powdery chip and puff snacks. For instance, Cheetos proved to be an equally viable fire starter.

For those unafraid of unfamiliar or multi-syllabic chip ingredients, here is a peak at what you will find in an actual Doritos: dextrin, maltodextrin, dextrose, flour, and corn syrup solids, corn oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, and sunflower oil, sugar, “artificial flavoring,” and monosodium glutamate. Mix it all together and have yourself a good old time – whether it’s snacking or fire building or both!

See a video of the Doritos fire starter in action.

Does this change the way you feel about Doritos? Or does the Doritos fire starter idea just make you want to pack more on your next outdoor trip? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments below!

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