Watch: Making Fire Starters With Wax, Dryer Lint, and Sawdust


Watch: Making Fire Starters With Wax, Dryer Lint, and Sawdust

Making fire starters using wax is an age-old way of creating a small but intense blaze that’s likely to spawn a good flame in your kindling and firewood. The guy in this video shows us how his family has done it for years and tries out a different version to see which one is best.

He begins with a paper egg carton and dryer lint–yep, those bits of your clothes that get captured by your laundry dryer’s lint trap. Then he gets out some sawdust, as well, and makes 6 “egg carton fire starters” using each material.

If you’re not interested in whether he and his wife are hoarders and whatever other mind-numbing minutae he yaks about once he starts packing stuff into the egg carton, you will want to skip ahead to about the 4:10 mark. You’re welcome!

My mistake… more yammering and packing. I hopped to 5:40 and he’s finally pouring the wax.

Melted wax is poured over the material to saturate it. After the wax hardens, the egg compartments can be individually cut apart and used as fire starters.

Around the 6-minute mark, he starts talking about guns and asks for recommendations for an AR-15. Hmmmm. Random much?

The burnoff begins at 8:54.

Which one is better? I’ll leave that for you to find out, but both are excellent and would make great fire-starters for camping, wood stoves, fireplaces, etc. The fact that both were still burning strong after 10 minutes tells me they would be great for outdoor use.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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