How to Make AMAZING Fire Starters (BoyScout Style)

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Introduction: How to Make AMAZING Fire Starters (BoyScout Style)

I have been making fire starters for years now, and they have never proved me wrong. The way I make them is the most economic, and environmentally friendly way out their. (That I know of)

Step 1: Supplies

The items you will need for making these AMAZING fire starters are:
1+ paper egg carton
# any old wax candles or surplus wax
an old pan that you will only be using for this
Kindling (box of sawdust, dryer Lint, etc.)
Large sheet of Wax paper
Scissors ( only if using 2.5 Dozen egg carton)
Source of Heat ( Stove top, hot plate, etc.)

[Wax can be a lot cheaper than people think. I got about 10 pounds of wax for $8.50! Just check out your local second-hand store or a garage sale. I went to value world for mine]
[I got the sawdust from a local sawmill for FREE!]

Step 2: Prep.

Before you start anything else you should put the wax in your pan and set the heat on medium-high. Don't leave it on high for too long or the wax will begin to boil and you don't want that. Once the wax begins to melt you should turn the heat on to low so it gives you more time. After you have the wax melting you should start to stuff your egg carton. If it is a 2.5 dozen then cut it in Half. This will make it easier on you later.start to stuff the tray. If using only lint then you must pack it tight. If using sawdust pack it moderately tight.

Step 3: The Birth of a Fire Starter!

Make sure your egg carton is on top of the wax paper.
After the wax is completely melted, and the tray is stuffed full of your kindling (lint/sawdust), you can begin to pour out the wax SLOWLY into the egg carton. Be careful the wax is very HOT!. The egg carton and Kindling may begin to sizzle depending on how hot you let your wax get. don't worry its normal.the wax paper is under the tray so if any wax leaks out the bottom of the tray. If it does just let it cool there and you can break it off of the egg carton once wax hardens. It comes of the wax paper very easily. Just through in your pan for next time. If you want you can top with lint like i did to act as a wick. If doing this add after wax, and press firmly so it sticks to wax. Don't wait till wax hardens to add lint.

Step 4: Build a Fire!

You can taking these on hiking trips or use them at your home. They work very well. Just lite any exposed egg carton or lint. I usually start off with one and some small sticks but the more you use the easier to start the fire. Comment me!! All the fire in the last picture is from ONE fire starter.

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    Far easier and cheaper than this is a VERY simple trick that anyone can do for a few cents each. Go to most any Dollar Store and get a 50-ft length of 1/4-inch (6-mm) diameter COTTON (MUST be Cotton ONLY) clothesline. Now, at home, cut it into 1-inch long segments until you have the desired quantity. Warm a small amount (2-3 tablespoons) of Vaseline (or other petroleum jelly) until it melts (over a safe, non-flammable hotplate or surface). Now, using a steel fork, slowly drop the cut cord pieces into the pan, gently stir and press on them until they soak up the Petroleum Jelly (it should be like warm cooking oil in fluid nature when warm), then with the fork, carefully pull them out and place on a clean pizza pan or cookie sheet to cool. When cool, they will congeal until like 'greasy bacon'. Place them in any Polyethylene container (plastic, like a vaseline jar or small butter tub), and use them as you need. Pull one out at a time, light it with a lighter and quickly place into your kindling to start your fire. They will burn 6-7 minutes robustly, and with a good ferroceramic stick, they will also relatively easily light as well. Super-easy to make, easy and cheap to make a lot of them, and safe to store (ziplock bag will work, and a one-quart bag can hold hundreds).

    I like my fero rod and striker. I like using cotton balls but they burn up too quick if your tinder is damp or wet so I put a bit of petroleum jelly in them so they burn several minutes and store several dozen in a ziplock baggy. I also use jute twine soaked in bee's wax. The trick in lighting both these with a spark is separating the fibers into a fluff and they will light easily with a couple strikes from a fero rod. Cut up several strands of jute twine 4-6" long that has been soaked in bee's wax and pull the fibers apart where it looks like a birds nest and it lights easily. I keep about 4 different ways to start a fire in my truck and backpack. I also keep a few sticks of fatwood to use as tinder to get wet wood burning. Happy scouting.

    has anyone ever used pine knot? it can be found wherever pine trees are located and is a natural fire starter

    FAILURE
    I CRACKED MY PYREX
    THE KIDS WERE IN A HURRY

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    Did you put pyrex on your stove top?? It's not stove top safe.

    Good idea!
    I use cotton balls and/ or dryer lint covered in petroleum jelly.
    Which works really well also.
    Store them in zip lock sandwich bags.
    Saw dust and paraffin wax make great fire starters too..

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    I'm wondering about bees wax. Has anyone ever tried this using old honey comb?

    I do something very similar except I save all my wax scraps left behind in tealights & other candles, which is free. But sometimes I will buy candles from the thrift store to melt down. The addition of sawdust is a great idea!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/heathashli/14009276732

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    The sawdust, egg carton, and dryer lint act as a wick. The wax won't burn on its own. Not very easily anyway. But with all that wick it should take off pretty good. Might even be able to light it with a sparker.