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Upcycle | Fire Starters


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For years we spent countless dollars on fire starters from the grocery store.  The good news is, with a little pre-planning, you can make your own at home using items you may already have around.

To do this project you will need:

    • Empty cardboard egg tray
    • Lint from dryer
    • Leftover candles
    • Old pot or old Pyrex glass measuring cup with heat safe handle
    • Stove or heat source for melting wax
    • Aluminum foil
    • Hot pad
    • Kitchen Shears or box knife
    • Plastic Ziplock Sandwich Bags

Step 1: I keep a used egg carton tray (paper not styrofoam, nor plastic) near the dryer.  Stuff lint into egg carton as you do loads of laundry — you will want each egg unit to be completely full of lint.

Step 2: When you have a couple of trays full of lint, you are ready to do a batch.

Step 3: Begin by placing old candles in a old pot or old Pyrex measuring cup with handle and melt at a low temp over a burner.

Step 4: While wax is melting, place egg carton tray on a sheet of aluminum foil — this will keep any wax drippings from going onto your counter.

Step 5: Once wax has melted, using hotpad to stabilize the hot Pyrex, pour carefully and evenly over the lint coating well.

Step 6: Allow wax to cool.

Step 7: Once cool, cut into individual units.  I placed four units into a Ziplock plastic sandwich bag to keep them dry.

Step 8: When ready to use, place one under kindling and fire will start with ease! We use this to start camp fires as well as the smoker with success each time.