I’m a huge fan of camping, at least until I do. Usually my biggest complaint when camping is trying to build a fire to ease the morning chill. Everyone is huddled around a dead campfire, teeth chattering, waiting for something to happen to warm up after a cool night in the tent and start making breakfast.
It never fails, the campfire takes longer than the night before, but if you have the camper’s secret weapon, wax lighters, you can light those campfires in no time. Wax lighters are not only weatherproof and practical, but they’re also a great way to get rid of excess candle wax around the house.
When it comes to making wax fire starters, it’s pretty easy to do. You need to be careful as you will be working with hot wax and this is not an activity I would recommend you do with children. It is a craft that does not need too many materials and they are quite cheap to make.
What do you need:
o Old wax (can be old candles or even crayons. You can also buy wax at a craft store)
o Sawdust or wood chips
o Dryer lint
or muffin tin
o Wax muffin cups
or double boiler
1. Remove all wicks and wrappers from candles and crayons. Put them aside.
2. Place all of the old wax in the double boiler and melt over medium-low heat. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a coffee can or a boil and place it inside a pot filled with a few inches of water. Make sure to keep the water level high enough to burn the pot and also be careful not to spill the container.
3. Before you start melting the wax, fill the muffin tin with the muffin cups.
4. Add some dryer lint to the muffin cups.
5. With sawdust or wood chips, there are two ways to use them. The first way is to add them to melted wax, making a mixture of wax and wood. The second is to add them to the muffin tins. It’s simply a matter of preference and I don’t think one works better than the other.
6. After the wax has completely melted, carefully pour it into each of the muffin tins. Be sure to leave about a half inch between the top of the can and the wax.
7. Set aside and allow to cool completely.
8. Store them in plastic bags for the camping trip. The best way is to wrap them individually in a paper towel so there is no chance of them melting and sticking together.
Once you are camping and enjoying the great outdoors, wax lighters are very easy to use. All you need to do is set up a teepee or log cabin with firewood, place the fire starter in the center and light it up. It should light up and burn for about 5 minutes, long enough to ignite the wood and start the fire.
One of the best features of wax fire starters is the fact that they can be used in virtually any type of weather. They are waterproof and reduce the amount of supplies you need in your camping inventory.
Before using a fire starter, it is important to emphasize that fire starters should never be used as a candle. They burn very fast and very hot and will cause serious injury if you use them for anything other than lighting outdoor fire pits.