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Project by Bob Sundquist posted 11-14-2021 11:29 PM 861 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you’re reading this, you probably have a plentiful supply of sawdust. I put some sawdust and wood shavings in a paper egg carton and poured in melted wax to make these fire starters. I break off one when I’m ready to use it, put it under the logs in the fireplace or campfire, and light it with a match. I used Gulf paraffin wax, which I found at Menard’s. I melted it in an empty soup can which I put in a pot of boiling water, so there is no cleanup. I used 3 bars out of a box of 4 to make a dozen, which comes out to about 16¢ each for the wax. I think they work as well as or better than store-bought fire starters. The last picture was taken about 5 minutes after lighting the fire starter.
I learned this from my son’s father-in-law. He has a portable sawmill and collects the candles from his church’s Christmas Eve service, so his out-of-pocket cost is 0.





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pottz

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#1 posted 11-14-2021 11:42 PM

great idea and fairly cheap,free wood dust a some wax.

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#2 posted 11-15-2021 12:03 AM

Nice starters, Bob. They do work a heck of a lot better than the ones sold in stores and they burn for long time.

I just made 3 cartons full last week. I find people throwing out candles and collect them and some I get at garage sales. I melt them in a double boiler and cover the chips like you do. Great minds think alike!!!!!!!!! Another use I found for the wax is to drop a little in the pot when melting lead. It brings all the impurities up to the top.

Cheers, Jim

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#3 posted 11-15-2021 12:18 AM

Splendid post Bob. The right time of year for it.

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#4 posted 11-15-2021 12:31 AM



Nice starters, Bob. They do work a heck of a lot better than the ones sold in stores and they burn for long time.

I just made 3 cartons full last week. I find people throwing out candles and collect them and some I get at garage sales. I melt them in a double boiler and cover the chips like you do. Great minds think alike!!!!!!!!! Another use I found for the wax is to drop a little in the pot when melting lead. It brings all the impurities up to the top.

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


What do you melt lead for, Jim? That reminds me of my high school days, working with my dad at a print shop. He was a linotype operator, we would melt down the lead slugs after they were used for printing, scrape all the impurities off the top (ink etc), and reuse it.

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#5 posted 11-15-2021 01:32 AM

I will need to do this!

-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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#6 posted 11-15-2021 02:46 AM

Bob,

We’ve tried various different methods, but are quite satisfied with our latest: My husband fills a gallon ice cream pail with sawdust and adds lamp oil a little at a time while stirring it until it’s uniformly damp. He just uses a small scoop of it when starting the fire. It works great!

L/W

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#7 posted 11-15-2021 03:21 AM

Those things are excellent and burn for ten minutes or more. We’ve made them for years using the lint from the dryer and wax. Stuff em tight and melted wax them and they rock.

-- Darrel

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#8 posted 11-15-2021 07:12 PM

I also use lint. The wax sawdust is a cool idea. Is that what those “fire logs” are made of?

-- Petey

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#9 posted 11-15-2021 07:12 PM

Delete

-- Darrel

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#10 posted 11-15-2021 10:48 PM

I used to use old candles or wax from the grocery store, but you know what we have a seemingly endless supply of?! Crayons! Half used, broken, ugly crayons that the kids don’t want to use. Random colors blend to make an ugly gray mess that work just fine.

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