Introduction: DIY Wax-tinder Sticks
This is a video showing how to make your own wax-tinder sticks. Starts easy with a flint & steel.
Step 1: Cut Cardboard (cereal Box)
Get a cereal box and cut a strip 2 1/2 inches wide and use the whole length. Fold in half, length wise.
Step 2: Place Dryer Lint
The next step is to place the dryer lint (I tried a paper towel, it works) onto the cardboard. I used some spray adhesive to keep the lint in place.
Step 3: Fold the Strip in Half - Staple - Cut
I folded the cardboard strip in half before I placed the lint just to make it easier to fold later. Once folded I used a stapler to hold it shut. Place a staple every half inch.
Step 4: Dip in Hot Wax and Cool
After you have stapled, dip in hot wax; let cool; now you have wax-tinder sticks. Zippo wax-tinder stick cost about $6.00 for eight, I made 16 for pennies.
The video shows a demonstration of making a flame using a flint & steel. The total flame time was about a minute and a half.
6 years ago
Nice idea, easy and lightweight. You might try laying it on its side in the V shape to light it. If the V was pointed into the wind, it might light quicker and the second cardboard strip would burn hotter as it wouldn't be laying flat (just a thought).
Reply 6 years ago
Thanks for the comment. The other half of cardboard lights fairly quick, but I was thinking a laying it on its side in order to lay small kindling on it so it would not smother the flame. Also thought about about adding another layer of cardboard for a longer burn.