It's the time of year our wood stove is making the Michigan Winter a little more cozy and, let me tell you, getting that fire started some days is like pulling teeth...without anesthetic...and rusty a rusty pair of pliers. To make this task easier, I was told to make egg carton fire-starters.
They. Are. Awesome!
So, if you have a fireplace, like to go camping, or know someone this might make a fun gift for...
You Will Need:
- Recycled Material Egg Carton(not Styrofoam)
- Dryer Lint (you read that right)
- Cotton String
- Wax (old candles work well)
First, get your wax melting. You can place it in a sealed baggie in a pan of water heating on the stove or in a glass measuring cup in a pan.
Egg cartons are a little awkward to cut and I found a box cutter to simplify things. I cut the carton into strips of cups (otherwise they won't stand up) and placed them on an old cookie sheet. Then I put a piece of the cotton string in each one.
A piece of dryer lint goes on top...
When the wax is melted, pour a little in each cup, wetting the lint. If you want a more pleasant look you may also put a pine cone in the cup at this point.
Let the wax cool and you have your fire-starter.