OK, bad Billy Joel reference!
In this case, we did start the fire with these homemade fire starters! How did we accomplish this magnificent project?
We gathered a bunch of cardboard egg cartons, cedar saw dust (from a gate project), recycled left over smoker pellets, and a few blocks of paraffin (purchased at amazon.com).
This process is super simple and really effective! We packed the sawdust mixture (mixed the saw dust and smoker pellets together in a box) into the egg cartons then
Melted the paraffin wax on the stove in an old pot we found for a dollar at an estate sale.
Then poured the wax into the sawdust mixture and let harden. (We used about a 1lb block of wax for every 3 egg carton bottoms).
After hardened, we cut out each egg cup into an individual fire starter! This batch made 144 starters!
Here is the very best part of these project! The whole project cost was from the paraffin wax! Not bad and a great way to recycle. The starters lasted about 17 minutes each…more than enough time to get a great fire started! Just keep them dry! We store ours in a plastic container with a waterproof lid. You just take a match to the paper/cardboard outside of the starter.
Check out the time lapse video test we did in our chiminea- Perfection!