Thursday, September 25, 2014

Egg Carton Fire Starters

We will teach you how to make your own fire starters for lighting fires in your fireplace, backyard fire pit, or while you are out camping or on the beach. Hey are small, portable, cheap, and actually work really well! You can light a fire without using paper, cardboard, or even kindling! I would recommend this project to be an outdoor endeavor, as you are dealing with heat, flammable substances, and the potential for a big mess. Also, please keep children away due to the risk of burning injuries.

Here's what you will need:
Dryer lint
Paper egg carton
Paraffin wax, or some old candles
An old cooking pot or other metal vessel to melt wax in
A heat source for melting the wax

We shooed the goats away and lit a fire in Willie's camp stove. Next we tore the lid and flap of of the egg carton. Each of the egg cups was then filled with the dryer lint.

We used an old cooking pot to melt down our wax. 

Once the wax is melted and watery, pour it into the lint filled egg cups. Allow to cool completely. After the wax has cooled and solidified, rip or cut the cups apart. Each of these little units can be used as a fire starter. 

You will notice in the photo that a few of the cups are filled with green wax. We tested out melted down crayons as a potential source of wax, but the wax is much too thick for this application.

Check out the demonstration video to see a fire starter get a blaze going in about 5 minutes!