Created by: stitchywoman
Project

Fire Starters

What are you most proud of? That I came up with a product that will burn for about 12-15 minutes, will easily start a fire with just one, and can be made up of repurposed stuff (the wax and egg cartons at least; I just happened to have an open bag of the moss taking up space when I made the first batch, so that kinda counts too, right? ;) What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be careful with the hot wax! And only use the pressed paper egg cartons! NO STYROFOAM OR PLASTIC!! I put my egg cartons on a jellyroll pan (they have a raised edge all the way around) so the melted wax would not run all over the place; any wax that runs through can be scraped up and remelted. I also poured the wax in layers, letting it set-up for a bit in between pours; you want them to be pretty saturated for the longer burn time. I cut the lids and front edges off of the cartons before I make them too; a serrated steak knife makes a great "saw" (watch your hands, follow common sense safety like "cut away from yourself", etc. Safety glasses wouldn't go amiss either, in case of splatters)

You Can Make This

stitchywoman made Fire Starters with:

  • Excelsior moss
  • candle wax
  • pressed paper egg cartons

Project Description

What are you most proud of? That I came up with a product that will burn for about 12-15 minutes, will easily start a fire with just one, and can be made up of repurposed stuff (the wax and egg cartons at least; I just happened to have an open bag of the moss taking up space when I made the first batch, so that kinda counts too, right? ;) What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be careful with the hot wax! And only use the pressed paper egg cartons! NO STYROFOAM OR PLASTIC!! I put my egg cartons on a jellyroll pan (they have a raised edge all the way around) so the melted wax would not run all over the place; any wax that runs through can be scraped up and remelted. I also poured the wax in layers, letting it set-up for a bit in between pours; you want them to be pretty saturated for the longer burn time. I cut the lids and front edges off of the cartons before I make them too; a serrated steak knife makes a great "saw" (watch your hands, follow common sense safety like "cut away from yourself", etc. Safety glasses wouldn't go amiss either, in case of splatters)

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