Jan 11, 2009

Firestarters from Old Candle Wax and Sawdust

I am sorry that I haven't been posting as much as I would like. I have been substituting for the school Secretary while she is on maternity leave and I just haven't had the time. I will try harder to be more consistant. Hope everyone had a great holiday and are looking forward to a great new year.

My husband and I were looking to make some fire starters. I found a site at Firestarters from Old Candle Wax and Sawdusthttp://lumberjocks.com/projects/3793 and I just loved the whole project so I am including it in my blog. We have tried this and they work perfectly. Thanks Tim.


  • Wax (old candles work great)
  • Sawdust
  • Something to melt wax in (double-boiler method is best and safest)
  • Something to mold them in (paper cups, paper egg carton, cupcake cups)
  • Craft paper and string if you want to wrap them.

1) Here are the materials I used. Since my wife makes candles we’ve got plenty of wax around the house – I’m using a few melting tarts, an old jar candle and some various scraps. I also have a melting/pouring pot and some votive cup molds.

2) Next, it’s time to melt the wax. NOTE: Wax is flammable (duh…) so it’s best to use a double-boiler if possible. Otherwise use low heat and keep a close watch on the wax until it’s melted.

3) After the wax is fully melted it’s time to add the sawdust, mix enough in to make a heavy sludge. It should pretty thick when mixed together.
Adding the sawdust

NOTE: Pouring these can be very messy, it’s probably best to let the mixture cool down some and thicken. Then when pouring you can use a spoon or stick to make the process a little neater. I prefer to have a lot of sawdust and enough wax to bind everything together.

4) Now it’s time to mold the starters, simply pour or scoop them into whatever your molding into.

Pouring into candle molds

5) After a couple of hours these will setup, if you’ve used a metal mold you can pop them out now – if they stick a little you can put them in the fridge for a few minutes and they should come right out.

The finished starter

6) Now you can finish these if you want to. I like wrapping them in brown paper and tying the ends. You can stack these by the fire and they look nice.

Wrapped and ready for use

7) Now when you’re ready to get a fire going just drop one of these below the wood pile. Light both ends and the center and it should burn for 15 minutes or more – plenty of time to get the fire going!

Lighting the starter

Starting to burn

Fully involved!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA


Anonymous said...

Wow that is the neatest thing I have seen in a while now... I have to e-mail to myself to remember it... Thanks for sharing it!!!
Just A Gal...

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