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.

~L

3 comments:

  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,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  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!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-creative-homeacre-hop-5.html

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  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

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