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Learn How To Make Excellent Fire Starters Out Of Things You Just Throw Away

NOVEMBER 20, 2015  —  By Joe Welkie

If you have a fire pit in your backyard or a fireplace in your home, you may be tired of having to go out and buy fire-starting kits or logs. You'd think that getting a flame to catch would be simple, but it's more complicated than just holding a lighter to a piece of wood.

Instead of spending your hard-earned cash on chemically ridden materials, here's a way to make your very own fire starters with some dryer lint, egg cartons, and wax.

1. Gather your supplies:

You'll need dryer lint, an egg carton, old candle stubs (or just some wax), floss, and scissors.

2. Fill the egg carton with lint.

3. Cut the compartments out and fold the excess lips over one another (see below).

4. Tie the compartments.

Wrap the floss around to secure each bundle. Leave a few inches of additional length at the end.

5. If you have big chunks of wax, cut them into smaller pieces so they melt faster.

6. Melt the wax in a disposable glass jar by placing it in a pot of boiling water.

7. Gently dip each fire starter packet into the melted wax.

Make sure it gets nice and covered.

8. Let 'em dry -- this should take an hour or two.

Light them up and watch these bad boys burn:

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(source Instructables)

Now that you have this recipe, get out there and light some fires! Obviously, in a safe and controlled environment...but yeah, FIRE!