Egg Carton Fire Starters

Keeping with our commitment to live more frugally and also continue to prepare the following is a great way to make fire starters that are virtually free. One of the things I heard from survivors of hurricane Sandy is that fuel was in short supply, heating fuel, cooking fuel, everything. Why not just make your own? These are easy to make and easy to store.

Egg Carton Fire Starter

Dryer lint–any variety will do.

Egg carton–pressed paper egg carton.

Wax–from old candles or crayons. If you don’t have old candles purchase a few at a dollar store or garage sale. Do not use scented candles.

Get an egg carton. Collect your dryer lint by cleaning off the lint trap of your dryer.

Place balls of the dryer lint in the egg carton wells. Place cartons on a cookie sheet or piece of waxed paper.

Fill a pot half full of water. Bring to a gentle boil.  Place wax in a metal can small enough to fit into the pot with the boiling water. Put your wax in the can and place the can in the pot of water. The wax will melt inside the can.

When the wax is melted, remove from the pot from the water with your canning tongs. Pour wax onto the lint in the egg carton. Wait for the wax to be absorbed and add a little more but don’t overfill.

Allow the wax to cool and store. When you need to start a fire use as you would kindling. For smaller fires the carton may be cut apart. To start a larger fire add kindling or rolled newspaper to the carton, close the lid and use as you build your fire.

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8 Responses to “Egg Carton Fire Starters”

  1. Deborah says:


    I was wondering if the wax would be okay for an inside fireplace?

  2. Carolyn says:

    Yes, it is. The fire logs you purchase also have wax in them. The wax amount is so small it will do no harm.

  3. Deborah says:

    Great!  Thanks!

  4. CottonLady says:

    Now that my hens are not laying much, this is a good use for extra cartons. Thanks!

  5. Sheila C. says:

    Hi Carolyn,  Are you not doing the monthly newsletters anymore?  The last one that I seem to have is the November 2012 or did I just miss them somehow?  
    Thanks, Sheila

  6. Carolyn says:

    Sheila, Just sent this month’s today. Check your spam if you did not get it. According to my records your copy has gone out every month so it may be getting grabbed by your spam filter. Please check and let me know if you find them, if not I will resend.

  7. Sheila C. says:

    Carolyn,  Am I getting completely confused.  Is Totally Ready the newsletter you are speaking of?  Or the newsletter that we paid for. The one that we paid for is the one that I have not received since November.  Thanks, Sheila

  8. Carolyn says:

    Yes the Totally Ready Newsletter is a subscription and I mailed your latest one on Feb. 1st.

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