Wax Fire Starter




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Hi, in this instructable I will show you how to make a wax fire starter/ campstove/ anything you need a long lasting fire for.

things you will need:

bar of wax (i found some at michaels for 5.00$)

metal container for the fire starter when it's lit (optional)

container for wax (i found that a tuna can or cat food container works well)

a pair of metal tongs (to take the container off of the stove/fire)

and scrap paper/ cardboard/ thin wood (anything stiff and burnable will work as a wick)

Please be careful because this project deals with fire, and it is very easy to get burned

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Step 1: Melt the Wax

Melt the wax inside the container you plan to use, be careful not to let the wax boil or let the fire touch the wax, you can melt the wax on a stove top or a small fire like i did

Step 2: Once the Wax Is Melted

Once the wax is melted place the cardboard/ paper/ thin wood inside the melted wax and let it dry

Step 3: Light It Up

Once the wax has dried, do a pre-burn to make the wick easier to light and it will also get rid of any unwanted pieces of paper that did not soak up any wax

If you make this project please post a picture and show others how you made it, and feel free to expand on this idea I would love to see your ideas, and we can learn from each other and always be safe.

I am not responsible for anything that may happen in association with this project

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    6 Discussions

    Alex 2Q

    3 years ago

    Hi RunicWarrior,

    that is an interesting idea. Maybe it would be helpful to have something in the picture for size comparison. My first though was that you used the alu cup from a tea light but when reading saw that it was a tuna can.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers Alex

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    RunicWarriorAlex 2Q

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks alex, i shall update the instructable accordingly, but in my experience a container that is 2 1/2in. In height and 2in. In diameter will burn for 1 hour and 16 minutes give or take


    Reply 3 years ago

    It also works great if you drizzle alittle pine sap over the card board