We Didn’t Start the Fire or did we?

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?

Finished homemade fire starters

Finished homemade fire starters

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).

start - egg cartons

start – egg cartons

cedar saw dust and left over smoker pellets

cedar saw dust and left over smoker pellets

blocks of parafin

blocks of paraffin

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

Filling egg carton with sawdust

Filling egg carton with sawdust

Melted the paraffin wax on the stove in an old pot we found for a dollar at an estate sale.

Meltin Parafin wax on stove

Melting Paraffin wax on stove

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).

Filled egg carton with saw dust and parafin wax

Filled egg carton with saw dust and paraffin wax

After hardened, we cut out each egg cup into an individual fire starter! This batch made 144 starters!

Underside of packed egg carton

Underside of packed egg carton

Cutting egg carton from underneath

Cutting egg carton from underneath

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.

Homemade fire starters...ready for their fire!

Homemade fire starters…ready for their fire!

Check out the time lapse video test we did in our chiminea- Perfection!

-Mara

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