homemade fire starters

for father’s day last month, we made some fire starters.

supplies:

  • an old egg carton
  • wax for melting (candle ends with wicks removed, or broken crayons, or canning/sealing wax)
  • dryer lint

we stuffed dryer lint into the spaces of an egg carton.

i took some candle pieces (wicks removed) and put them in a heat-safe measuring cup.

i melted the wax in a pot of boiling water. be really careful that everything is steady and safe. have some oven mitts nearby.

it took a few minutes of boiling and stirring for the wax to melt. very hot!

using an oven mitt to hold the cup…

i poured the wax over the lint in the egg cartons.

you can put a cookie sheet or newspaper underneath as some of the wax can seep through the egg carton.

we let it cool completely (a couple of hours), and that was it.

i tested it out in the chiminea. i tore out one of the egg compartments, lit it, and it burned for over 5 minutes.

we had a bit of rain during this last camping trip, and it was helpful in getting those soggy logs going.

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6 Responses to homemade fire starters

  1. mary ann says:

    What a sweet idea! I love the packaging…

  2. Julie says:

    Now I know what to do with all that dryer lint!!! Hahahaha! OMG, I love your chiminea!!! How many cans of paint did you need to use?

  3. this is a really neat idea !!!

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