My partner suggested I write a post about his fire starters as anyone we tell about them seem to not believe us on how simple they are. All you need to make them is some old candles (thrift stores,yard sales,etc) wood pellets (like for pellet stoves) and cardboard egg cartons.
This is our bucket of wood pellets, we go through about 1 bag of them every 2 years. Which we have noticed is pushing it a bit as they start crumbling after a year.
When my chickens aren't producing sometimes in the winter I buy eggs in the larger flats. This gives me many fire starters once the process is done. I wind up storing these up in the winter time.
You fill each "cup" in the egg cartons till they are level with the line of the carton. We had tried pine shavings, but learned they do not burn as long as they do with pellets. You could also use dryer lint. Or even hair from your hair brush.
You melt the wax down in a sauce pan on the stove. (we have a dedicated pot for this as we come across cheap and inexpensive cook ware all the time) Then you slowly pour the wax into the "cup" part coating the pellets. Sometimes after they dry you have to go back over them again.
This is what they look like when dried. You then cut each "cup" out and when lit they -can- burn for 5 mins, sometimes less if your pellets are starting to crumble. These cost us about $0.25 USD per starter to make. We tend to have a good many by winter start, which have taken us into spring camp fire-y usage. These really do work, they are simple to make and don't cost much over all.
Another post coming today!
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