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These are easy to make waterproof'ish fire starters. They can get wet, but won't light under water.

MATERIALS:

Mini muffin pan
Mini muffin papers
Chainsaw saw dust
A candle
An old pot
An empty soup can
Wax paper

Step 1: Bend Up The Soup Can

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Strip and clean an empty soup can. Then pinch one side to make a spout. I also got fancy and clamped the side so I could hold the can with a pair of vice grips and pour. The can gets really hot, so this makes it much nicer.
 
cutternorth (author) 1 year ago
Rosewood513, thanks for the suggestion. This last time I made some, I tried it out. On my particular stove, the can bottom is too small to be stable on the burner grate. If I had a wider can it might feel more secure.

You do not put the can on the burner grate. Place the sauce pan, about 1/3 full water. Place the can, with the wax, into the sauce pan. The boiling water is more than hot enough to melt the wax and no worry about getting wax hot enough to flash. That way when you finish, all you have to do is empty water from sauce pan and allow wax, left in the can to set up.

You do not put the can on the burner grate. Place the sauce pan, about 1/3 full water. Place the can, with the wax, into the sauce pan. The boiling water is more than hot enough to melt the wax and no worry about getting wax hot enough to flash. That way when you finish, all you have to do is empty water from sauce pan and allow wax, left in the can to set up.

cutternorth (author) 1 year ago
Those are great ideas!
May I make a suggestion? instead of putting the wax in the saucepan put it in the coffee can and then put the coffee can in the saucepan with water and heat it until the wax melts, this way the sauce pan does not get dirty and the wax just stays in the coffee can until next time. It is safer that way....
These are really cool. I always find myself trying to find paper.
Good instructable! My parents used to make these. At Christmas, they'd melt old crayons - making red or green fire starters. They added a bit of glitter on top and I think they put a bit of cinnamon in too.