Use fire starters to help start our wood stove and for campfires on camping trips.
Over the years I have both purchased and made different kinds of fire starters, this year I was inspired by a tutorial in ISSUE 25::HEARTH of Taproot Magazine which used cupcake liners, wax and topped with a piece of pine.
For our version we used:
- parchment cupcake liners
- paraffin wax*
- shredded newspaper
- approx. 2 inch segment of a pine branch
- cedarwood essential oil
*one great option for the wax in fire starters is to use old candles. I chose to purchase wax this time around, which added to the expense of the project - but made it easy to complete in a few hours.
The process is simple:
Melt the wax, add essential oils *don't walk away from your wax - it is very combustable, especially with the addition of oils and the good potential for drips and spills
Fill a muffin tin with parchment cupcake liners.
Fill cupcake liners with a good amount of shredded paper, top with pine.
Pour melted wax to saturate shredded paper and pine.
We certainly made a mess, but it was easy enough to clean up. And, now our house is smelling great (due to the cedarwood essential oil I added to the wax) and we now have over 75 fire starters ready to go.
If you give this project a try I would love to hear how it worked out for you!