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