Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Make your own fire starters

I'm a little bit of a fire-bug. We have a huge fire pit outside and a fireplace in the house. I'm forever burning something. There is only 1 thing I don't like to burn and that is fire-starters. Well, not really all fire starters....it's the boxed ones we buy in the store that I hate to use. I don't get it. Why do I want to buy something just to burn it? I just see it as burning money! My husband loves the things and always tells me "just put a fire starter in there" as I struggle to light the fire, ripping up newspaper and cardboard to try and get things going. *sigh* It's a problem, really. 

I think I have it figured out though. I made my own fire starters! I used dollar store cotton pads and the wax I was going to throw away from the wax burner (you know how you use wax melts and after awhile they stop smelling?) I also added the scrapings from some container candles that were too low to burn anymore. I put that concoction in a glass baking cup, melted it, dipped the pads and voila!

make your own fire starters

I used 2 pads for each, 1 waxed 1 not. I dipped the first in the melted wax, then laid it on top of the dry pad. When it cooled they stuck together. They aren't a pretty color, but that's what I get from recycling used wax from various sources

These are a great size for lighting the fireplace, burning leaves or twigs outside or getting the boxes and papers going when I burn the garbage. You can make larger ones with dryer lint and toilet paper rolls....but since I primarily use them in the fireplace I stick with the small ones.



  1. Great Idea! I'm following you via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Fluster Buster

  2. I've been using free pine cones from my yard covered in candle wax :) I found your post on Farmgirl Friday and I'd love to have you share it on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!

  3. What a great use for old wax! I don't want to burn something I paid for either! I make fire starters by stuffing dryer lint into empty toilet paper tubes! I may try wax the whole thing together next time! Thanks for sharing on the Farmhouse Style Blog Hop! I hope you'll join us again tomorrow. www.greeneggsandgoats.com