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Git-R-Burnin' !!
Make your own firestarters and *Git R Burnin'*!

Posted by Creative Origins from Stuart, Florida, United States • Published See Creative Origins's 23 projects »
  • How to make a garden project / plant. Firestarters - Step 1
    Step 1

    Melt any old candles or wax that you have laying around. You don't need much, just enough to barely moisten the amount of sawdust you have.

  • Step 2

    My husband makes cedar picnic tables, so I have tons of natural cedar sawdust. You can use any sawdust available, or this also works with dryer lint (you need a LOT of lint).

  • Step 3

    I cut a 1" piece of 3" PVC pipe for my mold. You can use whatever works for you, but this mold works great.

  • Step 4

    Mix sawdust and melted wax so that mixture seems nearly dry, but all sawdust is coated. Press into the mold, packing and compressing well.

  • Step 5

    Set aside or place in freezer until completely cooled. Then, pop it out and wrap in a piece of paper. I used a roll of brown paper, but newspaper or other paper will work fine.

  • Step 6

    To use, just light the paper and place among firewood. You'll be blazing in moments!!

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scout · South Hadley, Massachusetts, US · 10 projects
I have made these before using an egg carton as the mold then you just cut/rip apart each segment and light the corner of the carton as the "wick." Works great. Or you could mold them in a muffin tin using a muffin liner paper and you would already have the paper as well!
Creative Origins
Creative Origins · Stuart, Florida, US · 24 projects
I have an old crock pot dedicated to wax melting. It works great and keeps the wax at the perfect temperature while you work.

Thanks for the comment.
Sarah C.
Sarah C.
Love these, too! In regards to melting the wax, always use a double boiler: put the wax into a coffee can or other metal can, then into a saucepan filled with water. Always keep a careful eye on it - once it starts to melt, it goes pretty fast!
Krystyl O.
Krystyl O. · Abbotsford, British Columbia, CA · 11 projects
we buy these every year for camping! now I wont have to Happy
just a question; how / what do you use to melt the wax? (if it's on the stove, doesn't it ruin the pots/pans?)

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