DIY Fire Starters
When we moved into our “new” house last year, the previous owners very generously left all their wood stove supplies for us to use.
The chimney cleaning records, polish for the ceramic, extra long matches, and a pack of fire starters were all included.
My husband and I both grew up in houses that relied almost solely on wood heat, but neither of us had ever used pre-made fire starters. We were mostly just familiar with using leftover pieces of cardboard or newspaper to start fires with.
However, once we started using the pre-made fire starters, we realized how nice and convenient they are.
Especially with a newer style wood stove that burns wood much more quickly in order to meet emissions standards.
When we ran out of the initial batch the previous owners left for us, Matthew decided he wanted to make some more himself.
After he researched the price of the fire starters at the store, and found that they were rather expensive, he was even more set on creating a cost effective version at home.
After a couple of experiments, this is what he came up with, and it works fabulously!
To create your DIY fire starters, you will need:
- A small piece of cardboard, or a few cardboard egg cartons.
- Wax -old candles, beeswax, soy wax, or paraffin wax will all work, but I usually try to avoid the paraffin wax for health reasons.
- Any combination of wood shavings, sawdust, chopped dry leaves, shredded paper, and lint.
- If you are using flat cardboard, you will need an old flat container to hold the fire starters.
If you are using a flat piece of cardboard, cut it into small squares and arrange in the bottom of your container. If you are using egg cartons, you can just skip this step.
Melt your wax in an old glass jar submerged in hot water.
Mix all your wood chips/leaves/lint together, and sprinkle a layer on your cardboard or in your egg cartons.
Pour a layer of melted wax over the wood chips. We used an old spaghetti jar with holes poked into the lid to create a “watering can” effect. *The wax will be very hot, so use an old cloth or pot holder to grab the jar of wax!
Repeat the two layers again.
Let the wax harden, then break the cardboard pieces apart or cut the egg carton in pieces to use!
I am telling you- these guys work! They burn strongly for a good, long time, and completely eliminate the need for any other paper or cardboard to start the fire!
I think it’s so awesome that you can create a DIY fire starter that REALLY works from things you probably have around your house already!
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