Introduction: Buddy Burner Micro
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!