Home made fire starters?

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Dec 21, 2007
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Chelmsford, Ma
Hey everyone, Does anyone make there own fire starters? I heard of people making there own out of dryer lint,old candles and egg cartons. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make your own fire starters? I was thinking on making some out of stuff i just throw away instead of spending money on the ones at the store..
Frank
 

Joey Jones

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Sep 13, 2008
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New hampshire
Eggcrate, sawdust and wax ...makes 12 fire starters as you breakoff one section at a time
 

Cazimere

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Oct 29, 2007
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Delmarva
If you eat shelled peanuts, save the shells in something (5 gallon bucket with a lid). When winter comes,
a hand full under your kindling works wonderful. The oil in the shells makes them burn nicely : )
I also throw in a couple pine cones for good measure.
 

sbohlen

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Sep 18, 2008
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Mid Coast Maine
I have been using the egg carton method JoeyJ wrote about and I love them. 1 of them is all I ever need to get a fire going. Fill them with sawdust and it reduces the amount of wax you need. I never need paper or kindling.
 

savageactor7

Minister of Fire
Jan 25, 2008
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CNY
A cereal box loosely stuffed with newspapers...DONE!
 

RedRanger

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Nov 19, 2007
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Old House said:
I have been using the egg carton method JoeyJ wrote about and I love them. 1 of them is all I ever need to get a fire going. Fill them with sawdust and it reduces the amount of wax you need. I never need paper or kindling.
Yes, those egg cartons are the best of the best, hands down. Only thing is-"I do feel somewhat guilty about not recycling them back to the people we buy our freerun eggs from" :red:
 

elmoleaf

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2007
429
Southeastern Massachusetts
One sheet of newspaper loosely rolled and knotted into a pretzel shape. Done in 15 seconds.
Two will usually start a fire.
 

Chettt

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Oct 21, 2007
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Western Michigan
In August I start saving toilet paper/paper towel cardboard tubes. Fill these with laundry lint and popsicle sticks and a bit of petroleum jelly smeared on the lint. When these run out I just use the store bought variety.
 

acesover

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May 19, 2008
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Long Island, NY
a freind of mine says he splits cedar into kindling and seasons, couple pieces of news paper and some cedar and she starts right up. im in the process of seasoning cedar now for this purpose.
 

K31Scout

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Aug 11, 2006
34
Northern Michigan
Not home made but home modified are those fire place logs you can buy by the case. I cut them (on my table saw) into hamburger thick slices. We also save all our cardboard to burn and it gets things burning fast. During most of the winter up here I don't need too much starter stuff because we do a 24/7 burn and always have a few coals to start things. A bellows can bring a few coals and some dry wood to life fast.
 

bigoak9745

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Jul 23, 2008
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Clare, MI
I have two questions about the eggcarton method:

1. do you use the styrofaom type or only use the cardboard /paper types?

2. I dont have access to sawdust, but I have a 50 gal. bag of cherry shavings from a wood worker. These should work the same??

Iwould like to try this, so appreciate any suggestions.


Thanks, Dave
 

bgoodwithwood

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Sep 26, 2008
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Shrewsbury, Mass
Sawdust placed in muffin papers in a old muffin pan does it for me. Pour a little gulfwax in there and let 'em cool. I heat the wax in a old can on my gas grill in a cast iron skillet with water in it so the heat is indirect. For a bigger thinner round one, substitue the muffin tin for some tuna cans.
 

johnsopi

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Nov 1, 2006
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Where does everyone get the bulk wax was from?
 

astrodon

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Dec 2, 2007
58
MI
Chettt said:
In August I start saving toilet paper/paper towel cardboard tubes. Fill these with laundry lint and popsicle sticks and a bit of petroleum jelly smeared on the lint. When these run out I just use the store bought variety.
Yeah, I do something similar. I take the empty tp rolls (I have 5 kids, and LOTS of rolls) and put one paper towel inside with a capfull or two of some kind of vegetable oil. I use the cheapest paper towels and oil that I can find on sale and use one of these mixed in with the kindling in a top downer when I think it might need the extra boost. A few newspaper pretzel-rolls on top always start things off.
 

Ken45

Minister of Fire
Feb 21, 2008
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southern Ohio
If someone is looking for sawdust, "horse bedding" or shavings can be bought at many feed stores for about $5/bail (compressed). I think some places have cedar shavings too.

My only concern about using sawdust from the chain saw is that it may have a high moisture content, especially if you are cutting green wood.

Ken
 

fossil

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Sep 30, 2007
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Ken45 said:
...My only concern about using sawdust from the chain saw is that it may have a high moisture content, especially if you are cutting green wood.
Bar & chain oil in them, too. Rick
 

Joey Jones

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Sep 13, 2008
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New hampshire
You can buy it at the grocery in the baking section. 4 -1/4# slabs of gulf wax for cheap ...they are used for making candy or save any old candles
 

Joey Jones

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New hampshire
You can buy Gulf wax at the grocery in the baking section. 4 -1/4# slabs of gulf wax for cheap ...they are used for making candy or save any old candles
 

zionadams

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Oct 1, 2008
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Hurricane, UT
My husband's grandfather used to fill lunch sacks with pitch (tar from downed trees), pine needles, a broken candle and chips. He'd tie them up and have them near the stove. I love the idea of using the muffin liners and sawdust instead. What an economical idea that sounds much easier to pull off!
 

cmonSTART

Minister of Fire
Wow, I'm glad I just saw this thread again. I'm doing my Hunters Education course right now and last night one of the things covered was survival and being lost. The guy teaching the survival section made the coolest firestarters. He very tightly rolled up a newspaper, so he had a tight roll about an inch in diameter. Then, he tied a piece of twine every couple inches or so and cut between the twine, making little newspaper rolls about an inch in diameter by 2 inches long, each with a bit of twine around them. Force a match into the center of each leaving just the head poking out and dip each in paraffin a few times and you have some very neat fire starters for whatever. Camping, wood stove, anything. He says they give him about a half hour of steady flame to get anything burning. I really want to try to make some.
 
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