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

One thought on “We Didn’t Start the Fire or did we?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s