These Easy Fire Starters are made with common household items that you normally throw away! Just 3 materials you need to make these easy fire starters and they burn for over 10 minutes a piece. Made in just minutes, you will hardly find a method that is easier than this one.
If you are interested in seeing a video, here I take you through the whole process! If you want to see it on Youtube, click Here.
One that fire of yours is lit, you may want to cook something up on it! Try my Fried Lambsquarters on the fire and be impressed with how well you can identify plants and cook with them!
Materials that you need for easy fire starters
- Cardboard egg cartons
-Any size will work
-This could be candles from the dollar store, leftover candle wax after a candle has burned, or a candle that you don’t like the smell of.
- Wood shavings, dryer lint, or cotton balls
-Wood shavings last the longest
Of the 3 wood shavings burn the longest at 15 minutes. The intervals go as follows.
Wood shavings- 15 minutes burn time.
Dryer lint- 13 minutes burn time.
Cotton balls- 10 minutes burn time.
How to make easy fire starters
- Begin melting your wax, and remove the top of the egg carton and the tab that holds the egg cartons closed if you have one on yours.
- Choose which of the 3 materials you want to put inside your egg cartons, and put about 1.5 inches deep of material in your egg cartons.
- Get your melted wax and pour it so that it covers the materials in the egg carton and soaks them in wax!
Your easy fire starters are almost done!
Just wait until they cool down and then you can use them to start any fire!
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- Cardboard egg cartons
- Wood shavings, dryer lint, or cotton balls! Just pick one!
- Microwave (optional)
- Stove (optional)
- Hot plate (optional
- Melt wax
- Remove the lid and securing tabs off of your egg cartons
- Pick one material to put in, either wood shavings, dryer lint, or cotton balls and some of the material in the egg holder pocket of the cartons
- Pour melted wax over the material
- Let it cool down all the way until the wax is solid, you can put your egg carton in the freezer if you want to speed it up.
- Tear the egg carton into sections, so that you have individual fire starters
- Place them in an air tight container
Your wax can come from old leftover candles, poor smelling candles, or you can go to the dollar store and buy the largest candles you can buy for only $1 to get bang for your buck.
We melt our wax in a hot water bath that was heated up on the stove, but you can use a microwave or a hot plate if you have one.
The fire starters made with wood shavings burn the longest of the 3 materials used.
Wood shavings are very cheap. You can get a very large bag of animal bedding for under 5 dollars and this will make hundreds and hundreds of fire starters.
You could store them in a resealable tupperware container, plastic ziplock bag, or mason jar. Just be sure that you don't break the mason jar in your backpack.