Strike Any Where Fire Starters




About: I'm a tattoo artist and former Marine. I like just tinkering with stuff to keep boredom away on my days off.

Super Quick to make they eliminate the need to search for matches and are very handy for wood stoves and camping!

Step 1: What You Will Need

things you need

egg carton
shredded paper (or pine shavings)
strike anywhere matches
wax (I use old candles)
a jar (to melt the wax)
a pot with water
a knife

Step 2:

Put the wax in the jar 
put the jar in the pot of water 
bring the water to a boil until the wax has melted

Step 3: Sharpen Match

use a knife to sharpen a match

Step 4: Pouring

pack the paper in the egg carton
pour the wax in to the carton filling each cup (use gloves while pouring the jar will be hot!)
now cut the cups apart 

Step 5:

insert the match in the side 
of each cup
( I first tried to put the match in the cup but they moved to much to light easily so I switched to the side it works much better)
now your done
I keep them by my wood stove they will burn for at least 5 min, 
they are also good for camping.



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    14 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I would use lint instead of paper

    Ironman 54

    7 years ago on Step 5

    I prefer using sawdust when making mine. Nice instructable.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great Idea! A similar method I use is with dryer lint. I make a mold with a small tin or box. Line the mold with wax paper. Add a good amount of lint to the wax and pour it in the mold. After it dries you have a great slow burning fire starter. The lint will burn and the wax will keep it from burning too fast.


    7 years ago on Step 4

    you can also use lint from the dryer.

    Survivor Jackthoraxe

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You could also put a very thin coat of wax over the head of the match. I use "Strike Anywhere" matches. When I drag the match across a rough surface - like the sand paper striker - the wax is pealed away. The match bursts into flames and the rest of the wax disappears. You have ignition. "Live for the Best; Prepare for the Worst"


    7 years ago on Introduction

    i wanted to try something like this with my left over charcoal i buy the natural kind and i get a lot of charcoal dust


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I've also thought about making something like this, I just haven't gotten around to it..