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  • Easy Firestarters: Dixie Cups + Wax + Sawdust

    @Orleck,I cannot think of a good reason not to do as you suggest (mixing the wax and sawdust in your stockpot). However, since I've never done that, I would imagine that it's challenge to keep the most desirable ratio. Also... you'll probably want to stir up the mix before you pour (maybe not every dixie cup, but probably more often than every batch) as the sawdust will tend to float to the top of the molten wax. But that is easily dealt with by just having a big spoon to stir the mix from time to time. By the way... I failed to mention in the original article that the bigger the sawdust the better, I believe. In the photos the sawdust is fairly fine (not exactly from sanding fine grain oak, but fine-ish). I have also done this with chainsaw sawdust/chips and I think that the result is ...

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    @Orleck,I cannot think of a good reason not to do as you suggest (mixing the wax and sawdust in your stockpot). However, since I've never done that, I would imagine that it's challenge to keep the most desirable ratio. Also... you'll probably want to stir up the mix before you pour (maybe not every dixie cup, but probably more often than every batch) as the sawdust will tend to float to the top of the molten wax. But that is easily dealt with by just having a big spoon to stir the mix from time to time. By the way... I failed to mention in the original article that the bigger the sawdust the better, I believe. In the photos the sawdust is fairly fine (not exactly from sanding fine grain oak, but fine-ish). I have also done this with chainsaw sawdust/chips and I think that the result is better with bigger sawdust. But either works well.Thank you for your feedback. It's nice to know that writing this wasn't a complete waste.

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