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Do you like to have a crackling fire in your fireplace, wood burner or fire pit? Do you have trouble starting your fire and use an entire box of matches to get it going? Use up all of your kindling? Don't have kindling? Today could be the last day that you have these problems. I'm going to explain how to make fire starters out of items that are commonly found and thrown away in your home. Make sure that you monitor the use of them in your particular fire receptacle to be certain that it works for your situation.
Pot to use on the stove that you might designate for melting wax
Cardboard/Pressed Paper egg cartons (No styrofoam)
Old throwaway candles/crayons (not in glass, metal, etc.)
Creating fire starters with these five items is simple. Make sure that you use a pan designated for melting wax because it is not easy to get wax out of a pan after melting candles. I designate a heavy pot just for this purpose. Also, have hot pads/plates so your hands don't get burned with the hot wax and you don't scorch your table.
Determine where you want to make these fire starters. Heat your wax over low heat on the stove. Keep warm wax out of any living beings way and also protect any surface that you want to make these fire starters on. I suggest using thick cardboard underneath newspaper so that every surface is well covered. The goal is to keep wax off surfaces. After well covering surface(s), open the cardboard egg carton, remove the top leaving only the egg holder (otherwise known as cell) part of the carton ie. traditional egg cartons have 12 cells. Place this on your surface until you have covered the surface with the number of egg cartons desired. Fill each cell about 2/3 full with lint pushing it down so that it is compacted. Then take warmed wax from your throwaway candles and ladle warm wax over lint in every cell until lint is saturated. Go SLOW. The wax may leak out the bottom of any cell in the egg carton. This is why you cover your surface.
Let cool. These store indefinitely. Cut them up or place the full egg carton tray away. They stack very nicely. I use one or two to get my fire started. They work great and burn for about 10 minutes each. Remember to check your own fire pit, fireplace or wood burner for directions on using these appropriately. I've used these for 20 years and don't ever get frustrated over building a fire. A simple fix.
Have a warm day.
PS. If you don't have these items in your home ask your friends. They are often VERY happy to rid their homes of these items.
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