How to Make Fire Starters 1

Lighting a Campfire is Easy with Homemade Fire Starters

Spring camping season is here! And there’s nothing better than a cozy campfire to sit by while you make gooey s’mores and tell ghost stories into the wee hours of the night.

If you want to make building that campfire easier, you can make cheap, homemade fire starters in less than 30 minutes in your home kitchen.

9-photo 1Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paper egg cartons
  • Dryer lint (you can also use sawdust or shredded newspaper)
  • Paraffin wax or left-over candle wax
  • Double boiler
  • Scissors
  • Sharp pocket knife or box cutter


6-photo 2Step 1: Cut the lid and closure flap off the egg cartons leaving only the egg cups.

Step 2: Press the dryer lint into the egg cups. Pack it tightly, all the way to the top.

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Step 3: Use a double boiler to melt the wax.


I created a double boiler with a metal mixing bowl resting over a sauce pan of water. I chopped the paraffin wax into small squares, and after bringing the water to a boil, I added the wax to the bowl and let it melt.

3-photo 5Step 4: Place foil on the counter top to protect the surface and set the egg crates filled with dryer lint on the foil. Pour the melted wax over over the dryer lint, filling each egg cup. You will use one box of paraffin wax for two dozen fire starters.

Step 5: For easy clean-up, wipe the bowl clean before the wax hardens.

2-photo 9Step 6: Allow the wax to cool, then with your knife, cut the egg cups into individual fire starters. I recommend cutting them apart with a knife rather than tearing them.

The combination of the paper, wax, and dryer lint catches fire quickly, and burns hot for several minutes, allowing you time to add more kindling, and eventually, firewood, for that perfect, roaring campfire.

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