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Campfire Starters

posted by Matt Pierce on June 09, 2014

The season for campfires is upon us. Whether you're in the forest or in your backyard, a simple DIY fire starter is super helpful. Tiandra, of the W&F family, is sharing her fire starter recipe today. Tiandra is a camping master and knows tons of simple tricks like this to prove it.

You'll need an empty egg carton, about five handfuls of sawdust and some wax. Beeswax, paraffin or even discarded candles can work for this. Try looking for cheap candles at the thrift store or paraffin in your grocery store baking supply aisle. Start with the empty egg carton and remove the lid. Fill the carton voids with sawdust and pack it down a bit. Heat up your wax over the stove using a double boiler method. Make sure you're melting wax in a vessel that won't be affected by the wax and will be easy to clean. Once the wax is melted completely, slowly pour over the sawdust and completely saturate. If it looks like wet oatmeal, you're doing it right.

After drying, you've got a dozen little fire starters ready for your next burn. Carve some shavings to cover and then build your wood structure around it.



Corey on November 14 2014 at 10:25AM

Great idea. I will try it this weekend.

Dr. Knussen on November 14 2014 at 10:25AM


Marc on November 14 2014 at 10:25AM

Woodwool is better than sawdust.

Wesley on November 14 2014 at 10:25AM

Great post. I hadn’t thought of using egg cartons. I make these in toilet paper tubes set upright on wax paper. I like to take some dryer lint, rub it between my hands (like making a snake with play-doh) and stick them in the middle kind of like a wick. Makes the lighting easier.

Thanks for posting this.

James Tollison on November 14 2014 at 10:25AM

If sawdust is not available, dryer lint is a good substitute.

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