Making an egg carton fire starter is an easy project that anyone can do. By using a few common household supplies you can make several useful homemade fire starters in about 15-20 minutes.
Lets face it.....lighting a fire by using a fire starter makes the job a lot easier.
However, commercial fire starters can be expensive.
The main reason we burn firewood is to save money and it's hard to justify spending additional money on expensive fire starters.
To save money try making your own fire starters.
They're easy to make and chances are you have all the ingredients around your house already.
To make your own you will need the following supplies:
- Cardboard egg carton
- An old candle or similar wax
- A double boiler or sauce pan and coffee can
- Sawdust (you can also use lint or cotton balls)
Start off by sprinkling some sawdust into the cardboard egg carton. If you don't have any sawdust you can also use dryer lint or even cotton balls.
Spread the sawdust evenly throughout the egg carton. Fill the egg compartments about 3/4 full.
Once the sawdust has been added, melt your wax using a double boiler. If you don't own a double boiler you can simply boil some water in a saucepan and melt your wax inside of a coffee can.
Old candles work great for the wax but you can also use paraffin wax or soy wax.
After the wax has melted pour the melted wax over the sawdust inside the egg carton. Use enough wax to saturate the sawdust.
Place a layer of wax paper underneath the egg carton to prevent the wax from damaging your counter top (if you're working indoors).
Use caution when working with hot wax to prevent unwanted injuries.
After you add the hot wax, let it cool. To speed up the cooling process you can place the egg carton into the freezer for a few minutes.
To use the homemade fire starters simply cut or rip them apart.
To light one, use a match and light the outside paper edge of the egg carton. They should easily light with just one match.
Each fire starter will burn for around 10 minutes.
This is a picture of the fire starter after 8 minutes of burning. As you can see it still has a nice flame capable of lighting even the most difficult pieces of firewood.