I like to think that I could be prepared if the grid went down, and one thing that is definitely necessary in such a situation is fire for warmth and cooking–two basic necessities.
I got this idea from Amy’s Homestead Revival blog, if I remember correctly, but this idea is actually all over the internet and in many different forms. Since this is where I funnel all the info I want to remember, I’ll post it here so we both can find it again.
What you’ll need:
- empty egg cartons
- old candles that aren’t fit for burning, or any candle wax you’d like to use
- lots of dryer lint
- something to melt your wax in and/or pour from, like a large pyrex measuring cup (I also used a stainless steel pan)
- something to cover your table with to protect it from any wax that might be spilled
What to do:
1. Melt all of your wax.
Once it’s all melted, keep it sitting in the hot water (burner off) so that it doesn’t harden up again.
2. While your wax is melting, or sitting in the water staying warm, line up all of your egg cartons on top of a paper bag or something else to protect your workspace. Fill each egg carton section moderately tight with your dryer lint. The more lint you have in a section, the longer it will burn.
|Though it looks like I removed the lids of the cartons, I didn’t. I just nested
the bottoms into each lid to reduce waste of the poured wax.
3. Pour your wax:
Depending on how much wax you have, you may want to pour a line of wax across
the filled egg shells. You can always pour more later if you have excess.
4. Stand back and admire your work while your fire starters cool and dry.
I had a lot of wax this time, so I poured a pretty good amount over the top of my filled sections.
5. Once they are cooled, you can close the tops and store them in a cool, dry place.
|Here’s what they look like when they are done.|
To use: Place one or two under your firewood in your fire pit. Light and allow to burn directly under the piece of wood you want to catch fire (this piece would preferably be a fast-burning wood). Enjoy your fire!
Now–to find a tutorial on how to remove wax from a pyrex measuring cup!
Do you have a different method of making fire starters? I’d love to hear about it!