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
–any variety will do.
–pressed paper egg carton.
–from old candles or crayons.
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.