Homemade Firelighter




Here, you can see how to make a firelighter in your home, using some paper and some used cooking oil.

Both ingredients are available to anyone and cost nothing get them. You need no chemicals. This stuff is eco friendly. Try to make it.

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Step 1: Paper in Pieces

First, you will need some paper in pieces. I use carton paper because it's realy easy for me to get it and costs me nothing. You can also use ordinary paper.

Step 2: Multichopper

You will also need a multichopper.

Step 3: Paper Pieces Into the Multichopper

Put the parer pieces into the multichopper.

Step 4: Water Into the Multichopper

Add some water into the multichopper.

Step 5: Paper Processing

Process the paper, until it becomes pulp (pic.2).

Step 6: Giving Shape to the Paper Pulp

Take some pulp, squeeze it to remove the excess water (pic. 1) and put it into a mold (pic. 2). I use a yoghurt pot, that I have drilled many holes around it, so the remaining water from the pulp can be flow off.

Step 7: Pressing the Pulp

Press the pulp with something round, with the eqivalent diameter, to make it more dense (pic. 1). I use a piston that I have made (pic. 2). In the next picture, (pic. 3) you can see the compressed pulp. I use a round piece of wood (pic.4) to make the top of the pulp more even (pic. 5). Notice that the firelighter has to be not very thick. About 10mm or less (pic.6).

Step 8: Removing the Firelighter From the Mold

Remove the firelighter from the mold and let it dry (p. 2). Better make it in pairs. You will see in another step why.

Step 9: Cutting a V Notch

Cut a V notch using diagonal cutters. The notch is where you light it.

Step 10: Soaking Container

Take a food container and put some used cooking oil. Place on top of the container a piece of wire mesh.

Step 11: Soaking the Firelighter

Put the firelighters in the container (pic. 1) and let them soak for a few minutes (pic. 2).

Step 12: Draining the Excess Oil

Put the firelighters against each other, to drain the excess oil. (You see now why you have to make it in pairs!)

Step 13: Final Product

Here is the final product. Once it's led, it can last about 10 to 15 minutes.

I hope you like it!

You can also watch it in a video form on Dailymotion:


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    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I use old teabags that I dry and soak in oil

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    3 years ago

    I wonder whether it would work to put the oil directly into the multichopper (instead of using water). That way one would save the step of drying the firelighter and soaking it in oil afterwards.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    It might work. I haven't try it. Using water, you are saved from the trouble of cleaning the multichopper after the prossessing. Plus, your hands don't get oily.


    3 years ago

    I usually use wax from old candles to make my fire lighters, but this is a nice use for old cooking oil. Well done.

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