If you have a wood-burning fireplace, or go camping a lot, having easy fire starters on hand is always a good idea. These ones are great, can be made in minutes from items you would otherwise throw away, and burn cleanly for a long time.
Step 1: Stuff the carton
Step 2: Melt the wax
If you’re using candle stubs, make sure to remove any metal bits at the bottom. Place the wax in a double boiler with a few inches of water on a low boil. Let all the wax melt, and remove any wicks, cups, or non-wax.
Step 3: Pour into the carton
Pour the melted wax into the egg carton, a little bit at a time. The cardboard will absorb the wax, so if you pour too quickly, it will leak out the bottom. pour a teaspoon into each cup, then start again, pouring a little in, until you run out of wax. Make sure all the lint is covered in wax. Let the wax dry and cool completely.
Step 4: Break the cups apart
Pull off the top of the carton and recycle it. Once the wax has dried and cooled, break apart the cups with your hands. They’ll be near impossible to cut, so just fold them and they should pull apart pretty easily.
Not only are these a great firestarter, they also make a great gift for the camper in your life. Throw a few in a ziploc bag, and take them with you camping. Just light one on fire, and it will burn like a candle for about 2-5 minutes.
Loving the city, but longing for the farm, Melissa has made a hobby and a habit out of living sustainably, and DIYing, all while enjoying the perks of living in the big city. From Vancouver BC, she posts about making your own homestead from the smallest condo, and bringing farm living to rapid transit.
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