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If you're camping - you want to make the venerable camp fire. Normally, you gather twigs, leaves, pine needles - anything flammable to use as tinder to start the fire. Maybe it’s been raining all week and everything is soaked to of depth of several miles into the earth's crust and you'd have a better chance of lighting up a snowball in Hudson Bay than staring you fire so you can toast your wiener right now.
Make a few no-fail fire starters out of household debris ahead of time, and have a safe and happy camp fire on your rain-soaked outing.
And remember: only set fire to objects that actually belong to you. Camp responsibly, or Smokey the Pants-Wearing Bear will come for you...

First: gather materials for your fire starters.

1 cardboard egg carton
12 pinecones
A large handful of lint from the dryer
Some used-up old candles or piles of candle wax.

You will need to melt the wax, and you will need a double boiler setup for this.
Any wax used in a saucepan or cooking pot will make the pot unusable for food. So, a good way to handle this is to find an old saucepan at the thrift store and use it, or you can also melt the wax in a clean glass pickle jar set into a pot of hot water.
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Step 1: Melt the wax

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Melt the wax in a double boiler setup with the heat on the medium setting.
Use a glass jar or thrift-store pot - whatever is most convenient for you. Wax can scorch and burn if its melted directly on the heat source, which is why it must be melted on a pot of boiling water. This is why it makes a great fire starter.

Step 2: Deploy the pine cone array

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Cut off the lid of the egg carton and the little flap in the front too.
Put a pinecone in each of the cups in the egg carton.
Tear off chunks of the dryer lint and stuff some around each pinecone.
vemven made it!1 month ago
I decided to use my potpourri that I got at Christmas time since it stopped being smelly thank you for posting this hopefully the potpourri will burn
CraftyToby10 months ago

These sound great !! Will try them out next time I camp.

droid6112 months ago

Yeah, I use pet bedding and it works great. I do have some pine in the yard, I will try this method the next time I make fire starters.

chris730441 year ago

Oh and I also have some bark that I am drying out so I can "crumble" it up and make more!!

chris730441 year ago

I did the same thing but with the larger egg cartons and of all things peanut shells!

About 20 years ago I made some out of wax popsicle sticks and match sticks, they will start a fire anywhere but under water! >:) I still have some left lol don't get out camping much. nice work you got my vote brings back memories.
You could come camp with me.anytime, but don't forget the fishing poles :) (Love the firestarter)
jmyers231 year ago
This is great!
colonelb31 year ago
Thats really cool! I love camping so this will really help! Thanks! U got my vote!
slysimon1 year ago
Great instructable. Now all I need is some pine cones..........
jared05001 year ago
My boy scout troup will FLIP OUT when I bring this to the next campout. Thanks!
nanosec121 year ago
I made some of these last year for our camping trips....except I did mine without the pine cone. They work wonderfully with just the dryer lint..

I also used the remaining portions of those candles that come in a jar, which lets you use the jar they came in as your double boiler vessel.

thanks for sharing !!
These work great.You can also use a old soup can to hold the wax and a pair of vise grips to pick up the can when it comes time to pour.
redart3k (author)  wambs81 year ago
Good thinking! I bet even hot dog tongs could work to maneuver the can. Thanks for the great idea :)
LOL hot dog tongs are exactly what I used to pick up the jar when I made mine...

and btw, if you use the remnants of scented candles, the fire you start will smell nice for a while, hehe