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Making Waterproof Fire Starters

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These are old-fashioned Boy Scout waterproof fire starters, like I used to make as a kid (and Scout).  I'm now in my 31st year of active Scouting, and I teach this to new leaders.

What you will need:
Stove top or hot plate
Double boiler, or a metal bowl that fits inside a pot
Cardboard (NOT FOAM) egg cartons
Wax - canning/sealing wax, old candle stubs, etc.
Some kind of small flammable material - wood shavings or sawdust, paper small animal bedding, 100% cotton dryer lint, etc.
Oven mitts, grill gloves, or hot pads
 
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Step 1: 1. Melt Your Wax

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ALWAYS use a double boiler for melting wax! This means 2 containers — a bowl or pot with your wax in it, which goes inside another pot or bowl with about 1” of water in the bottom. The bottom of the inner wax pot/bowl must not touch the bottom of the outer water pot/bowl. Why? This keeps the heat under the wax at the boiling point of water (212°F/100°C), which is plenty hot enough to melt the wax, but not so hot that it would cause a fire. NEVER melt wax in a single container on a burner, in the oven, or in the microwave. This step should always be done with adult supervision. In this case, we used a “hot plate,” which is a single stove-like burner we use for hobbies. You can use old candle stubs; in this case, we used Gulf Wax, available in the canning section of your store for sealing jelly jars.
judgement2639 months ago
Good instructable, like how you threw in your critter at the end lol. Fox patrol C-02-10
Thanks! I'm also now staff for C-01-10.
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