This a simple cheap fire starter made from materials you can find around the house. These fire starters work great, the ones I show burn for around 4 minutes but I've made other ones that burn for 8 minutes. Originally I made them to help save matches but I've also used them to keep a flame burning or as a small candle.
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Step 1: Materials
The materials you will need are:
- A candle
- some sort of fabric, I use the inside of cotton ropes and tissues but any sort of flammable fabric should work
- aluminum foil(optional)
- ruler (helps but optional)
Step 2: Melt the Wax
Light the candle on fire and let the wax melt for 2-4 minutes. I like to set the candle on the aluminum foil to keep it he wax off the carpet.
ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WHEN USING A LIGHTER
Step 3: Cut the Fabric
Cut the cloth so you have a 2 inch long by 1 inch wide strip, if your using the cotton from a rope don't worry about width. If you are using a fabric roll it up to make it thin like the rope.
Step 4: Dipping the Fabric in Wax
After a fair amount of wax has melted blow out the candle and dip the piece of fabric in the wax so about three quarters of it are submerged. You may have to put it in sideways like I did. After the wax has dried a little and cooled off you can mold it into a more round shape. I like to let mine dry on a piece of aluminum foil once again to keep wax of the carpet.
CAUTION WAX MAY BE HOT!
Step 5: Your Done!
I find the 2 inch ones to work perfectly but I have used longer, keep in mind the longer you make them the longer they will burn for. Thanks for reading this Instructable and I hope these prove to be useful! If you like this please vote for me! Also constructive comments are welcome.