By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23
Have camping plans for this summer? Starting a campfire can sometimes be difficult. These fire starters are a great help when struggling to get a fire going. Plus they’re made from two items that often just get thrown out-laundry lint and candle ends. Fire starters also work great for starting a fire in a wood stove.
- Rice cooker
- Wax, old candles and/or leftover wax
- Laundry lint
- Egg carton
Before starting make sure you can safely attempt this craft. Hot wax can burn you! If needed, seek out assistance. Additionally, always practice fire safety when using fire starters.
You’ll need to melt the old wax to reform it. I have an old rice cooker that I use just for wax melting.
Using craft tools that are dedicated to messy crafts ensures that you don’t get non edible ingredients in your food. The metal can, spoon and chopsticks pictured here are only used for working with wax.
Save up old candles for this project. I also used red wax that was wrapped around cheese.
Melt the wax in your rice cooker. Be careful as wax can sputter and burn. I wore long sleeves all during this project.
Save laundry lint and egg cartons. Tear up the lint and fill up the egg carton holders about half way.
Pour the melted wax over the lint with a spoon.
I didn’t have enough wax so melted some more. If melting old candles you’ll need to pull out the old wicks or metal candle holders. Chopsticks work great for this step.
Pour more wax over the lint until covered.
With a knife or scissors cut apart the egg carton into individual fire starters.
The cross section shows how the mixture of flammable ingredients.
Since the fire starters are literally flammable, store them in a safe container.
The fire starters catch fire very easily and do not need a wick.
My fire starter burned for 15 minutes on its own.
Now you have a handy tool to start a campfire on your next hiking trip. Or save them for winter so you can spin in front of a cozy fire like me.