Items you’ll need
- Egg Carton (Made of pulp)
- Old Wax Candles or New, Don’t Matter
- Dryer Lint
- Pot to melt the wax in
- Thick gloves to handle the pot to dump the wax
How To Make Fire Starters With Dryer Lint
First, tear off the lid of the egg carton, you won’t be needing it for this. Then, you stuff as much dryer lint in the egg carton as possible. Once you have each slot in the egg carton packed with dryer lint, it is time to melt the wax. I use my wood stove for that. You can use your stove but if the wax spills, there is a good chance for fire and heating a home or shop without a ceiling could be rough 🙂
Once the wax is melted, put your gloves on and dump the wax over the top of the dryer lint, don’t be cheap about it either, once all the dryer lint is covered let it cool off. It should take all that long, couple hours tops. Then you are done!
How to use it to make fire
You only need one or two of the slots to make your fire go. So, what I do is tear off two of the slots from the carton and put them in the stove and put 2 pieces of smaller sized firewood alongside them, but not too close, need some airflow to get in there,and kindling over the top and use a torch lighter to light the lint and wax contraption. Then your fire should start easily because of the wax on the lint, the lint won’t burn as fast. It should last about 10 to 15 minutes before it is all burned up. Which is plenty of time to get your kindling to catch fire.
This video will give you a better idea of how to make them, so if you like to, check it out.
Making your own firestarter is easy and cheap. Most, if not all, the stuff you need to make it, is already in your home. You can use other material besides dryer lint. I’ve used sawdust and shredded paper. I prefer dryer lint but have more sawdust 🙂 So, whatever you choose, it will get the job done!