Buddy Burner Micro

Introduction: Buddy Burner Micro

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If you are interested in camping and fire, you have probably heard of the 'Buddy Burner'.

It is a roll of cardboard soaked in wax that burns for a ridiculously long time.

In this Instructable I will show you how to make a tiny version of this popular burner.

It can be used as a fire starter or a small cooking fire, and will burn for 20 minutes.


Never roast stuff directly over the burner, as the wax vapour and smoke may contain toxic substances.

Always use a metal vessel with a potstand to prevent the smoke from touching the food.


An empty matchbox

A full matchbox

A tin lid


Something to melt the wax with

A sheet of paper

A fireproof area that is well ventilated (The best place is a garden, yard, or balcony)

Step 1: Make a Tight Roll of Paper Strips.

Tear out strips of paper that are a little wider than the height of the matchbox tray. Roll them into a thick spiral that fits tightly into the tray.

Step 2: Smush It Down With Your Palm.

Compress it a little so it fits in the matchbox.

Step 3: Fill It With Wax.

Melt some wax and pour it into the buddy burner. Fill it to the brim.

I am using a scented candle because I don't have any other wax.

Do not cook over scented wax, not even with a pan.

Ideally you should use pure paraffin wax.

Step 4: Light It!

Place the burner in a tin lid. Strike a match and place it on the wax.

The burner should catch on fire fast. I will burn for 20 minutes and then extinguish. If you want to put out the fire early, you can smother it with a pan, pour water on it, or (only if it is a very small flame) blow it out.

The second picture shows the burn remains.

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked it!

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