This is my take on the classic egg carton fire starter. I would love to give credit to the person I first found using just dryer lint but i don't know who it was. So I'm sorry in advance if it was you ... But thank you i have been using your method for years and i love it . this is my take as far as i know i'm the only one that uses peanut shells....
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Step 1: WARNING!!!!!!!!
If you are allegic to peanuts do not use this instructable it may KILL you ..
Step 2: Tools
soda can ( or some other can of any type)
dryer lint ( if you dont have dryer lint use ripped up cotton balls)
old candles ( i used about 45 tea lights)
wooden clothes pin
bamboo skewer (or other stiring device)
can opener (or knife)
big sharpie (or other crushing device)
Step 3: Prep
Eat some peanuts and save the shells. Crush the peanut shells with your tin can and crushing device i used my trusty do all big sharpie marker.
fill cooking pot a little over half way of water and bring to a boil.
I used tea lights for this project but ypu can use any type of candle wax for this project . if you used tea lights you need to pull off the foil cups and pull the wicks out. ( save both of these for future projects)
Take the soda can and cut the top off with a can opener or knife, then squeeze a pour stout into the can
Press a small layer of dryer lint into the egg carton , dump crushed peanut shells over the top then and a little bit more dryer lint over the top. (sorry didnt take pics of this step to well)
Step 4: Melting
Put candles ( or tea lights i broke my up a bit to melt faster) into your soda can ( or any other can) . Put your can into the boil water use your wooden clothes pin to attach your melting can to the pot. Wait a few minutes to melt wax use your bamboo stick ( or other stiring device) to stir the melted wax to break up the bigger chunks ( i found that these chunks kinda of stay for awhile)
Step 5: Pouring Wax
Use pliers or a hot pad to remove soda can from the boiling water. Pour hot wax over the dryer lint / peanut mixture... repeat this step till you have filled the egg carton with wax. Put egg carton int freezer for 30 -60 minutes to speed up the cool down process.
After cool down you can cut up the egg carton into peices or keep whole. I put mine whole in a gallon zip lock bag with a few book of matches.
Step 6: How to Use
Cut off a peice of egg carton... light the edges on fire ( matches lighter.. etc) ... add tender as needed to make the fire bigger.
This will burn hot and will burn by itself for about 10 min enough time to make a big fire.
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