Weather Proof Fire Starters: Egg cartons and dryer lint?

Damn right.  This is the recipe for the best fire starters I have ever used period.  I have used these to successfully start fires in blizzards, torrential downpours, and high wind situations.  The best part? They are made from household items that just about everyone has laying around and throws away otherwise.  So, these are also sustainable fire starters, diverting waste from landfills otherwise!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Cardboard Egg Carton
  • Some saved up dryer lint (think a handful)
  • A few candle stubs (or 2 cups of Paraffin wax)
  • About 2 feet of twine
  • A double boiler set up

Step 1: Chop off the top half of your egg carton and keep the bottom.

Step 2: Stuff you dryer lint into the bottom of the egg carton.

Step 3: Cut your bottom of the egg carton into 12 little half egg-sized pieces.

Step 4: Fold over the tops of your little egg sized carton pieces stuffed with lint to make little crab cheese wonton looking things.

Step 5: Tie each piece of carton shut with twine and be sure to leave a tail to act as a fuse and allow you to dip each piece into the hot wax.

Step 6: Put your pieces of wax into a double boiler and wait for them to melt.

Step 7: Using the tail of twine dip each piece in the hot wax until completely submerged and you no longer see bubbles coming up.

Step 8: Place all the pieces onto a piece of tin foil to prevent wax build up on your counter or table.

Step 9: Let your new little fire starters dry and cool for about 2 hours.  They should be rock solid after that.

Step 10: Take into the backcountry and know that you can start a fire just about anywhere with anything.  Your firestarter is waterproof, will produce a large flame, and should burn hot for 10 to 15 minutes.


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