How to Make a Fire Starter

How to Make a Fire Starter

Need a quick way to start a fire? Or maybe you don’t have a fire pit and you don’t want to leave a trace? This tutorial will show you how to make a fire starter using recycled materials that you most likely already have lying around your house. It is also a great survival candle. Trust me, you’ll never go on another camping trip without one of these.

Let’s get started!

Supplies you need to build the fire starter:

  • Medium sized pot (for boiling water)
  • Small metal pot (one that can easily sit inside the medium sized pot)
  • Wax from old candles
  • tin can (crab meat/chicken/tuna can)
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors or a box cutter

Step 1:

Fill your medium sized pot with water and put it on your stove at medium heat.

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Fill the pot with water.

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Put your stove on medium

Step 2:

While your water is heating up, start prepping the container. Start by removing the label on your can. Then cut your cardboard into 4cm x 15cm strips. You’ll need about 5 of them.

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Make sure you have removed the label from the can you are using.

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Cut your cardboard down into strips that measure 4cm wide (make them the same as your can, so measure your can first) and 15 cm tall.

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Cut your cardboard down into strips that measure 4cm wide (make them the same as your can, so measure your can first) and 15 cm tall.

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You’ll need 5 strips total.

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Start by rolling one strip of cardboard and place it inside your can. It’s ok if they start to unravel. It will get easier as you place more in.

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Step 3:

Your water should be nice and hot now. Place your smaller mug/pot (metal) into the water. Place your wax inside to start melting.

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Your water should be nice and hot now. Place your smaller mug/pot (metal) into the water. Put your wax inside.

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Your wax will start to melt.

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Once your wax has completely melted, remove the small pot/mug from the water.

 

Step 4:

Slowly poor the wax over the cardboard wicks you made.

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Slowly poor the wax over the cardboard wicks you made.

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Fill the can about 3/4 full.

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Let cool completely.

 

Step 5:

Now you are ready to light it!

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Light it!

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Good luck! We hope we helped you learn how to make a survival fire starter using recycled materials!

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