It’s camp fire season. Maybe that means packing up the car and pitching a tent. Or, you might simply be heading out your back door and cleaning out the fire-pit. Either way… sparks will fly.
If you want those sparks to turn to flames though, these fire starters are a must-make. With just a few supplies that you likely have around the house, these summer staples are nearly free and work as well as any store-bought starter.
You’ll need :
paper egg carton
dryer lint (you can also use sawdust)
paraffin or wax (beeswax if that’s what you have left from a recent diy)
Collect your dryer lint. A couple loads worth is plenty. Cut the top off of your egg carton.
Melt the paraffin over a double boiler. This is a great way to recycle old candles or wax rings around your votives.
While your wax is melting, stuff each container with lint, pressing firmly to fill.
Place your egg carton over wax paper or newspaper in case any wax should leak through the carton.
Once your wax is melted, carefully pour into each compartment. Distribute the wax evenly, and so that the lint is covered.
When the wax has hardened and cooled, cut the carton to divide the compartments into individual cups.
Fold the corners over eachother. Tie with twine to secure… or just to make them look like perfect little fire-starting presents.
To use, light the twine or any unwaxed area of carton.
The lint catches fire quickly, and the wax slows the burn time. These starters will burn for 15-20 minutes – plenty of time to light your firewood and fuel your fire.
Keep these starters for campfires all season long. Or, pair them with s’more supplies for a perfect summer hostess gift!