I have been making fire starters for years now, and they have never proved me wrong. The way I make them is the most economic, and environmentally friendly way out their. (That I know of)
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Step 1: Supplies
The items you will need for making these AMAZING fire starters are:
1+ paper egg carton
# any old wax candles or surplus wax
an old pan that you will only be using for this
Kindling (box of sawdust, dryer Lint, etc.)
Large sheet of Wax paper
Scissors ( only if using 2.5 Dozen egg carton)
Source of Heat ( Stove top, hot plate, etc.)
[Wax can be a lot cheaper than people think. I got about 10 pounds of wax for $8.50! Just check out your local second-hand store or a garage sale. I went to value world for mine]
[I got the sawdust from a local sawmill for FREE!]
Step 2: Prep.
Before you start anything else you should put the wax in your pan and set the heat on medium-high. Don't leave it on high for too long or the wax will begin to boil and you don't want that. Once the wax begins to melt you should turn the heat on to low so it gives you more time. After you have the wax melting you should start to stuff your egg carton. If it is a 2.5 dozen then cut it in Half. This will make it easier on you later.start to stuff the tray. If using only lint then you must pack it tight. If using sawdust pack it moderately tight.
Step 3: The Birth of a Fire Starter!
Make sure your egg carton is on top of the wax paper.
After the wax is completely melted, and the tray is stuffed full of your kindling (lint/sawdust), you can begin to pour out the wax SLOWLY into the egg carton. Be careful the wax is very HOT!. The egg carton and Kindling may begin to sizzle depending on how hot you let your wax get. don't worry its normal.the wax paper is under the tray so if any wax leaks out the bottom of the tray. If it does just let it cool there and you can break it off of the egg carton once wax hardens. It comes of the wax paper very easily. Just through in your pan for next time. If you want you can top with lint like i did to act as a wick. If doing this add after wax, and press firmly so it sticks to wax. Don't wait till wax hardens to add lint.
Step 4: Build a Fire!
You can taking these on hiking trips or use them at your home. They work very well. Just lite any exposed egg carton or lint. I usually start off with one and some small sticks but the more you use the easier to start the fire. Comment me!! All the fire in the last picture is from ONE fire starter.