I am so thrilled about this Fabulously Frugal Friday post
I could actually squeal.
Because it is the epitome of taking something, or actually,
quite a few things
Â that you would otherwise mindlessly throw
in your trashcan …..
and turning it into something fabulous, frugal, and AWESOME.
Something that you can either use at home or sell.
Something that you can give as gifts to family members who would appreciate them
if they have the means to use them.
Do you have campers in your family?
How about someone who has a fireplace?
Better yet, how about YOU or someone else you know heats with wood, even part time?
Then you are going to love me.
And today’s Post.
Make your own firestarters.
Here it is, simple, fun, and incredibly satisfying
to turn trash into treasure.
PLEASE share this, pin it, etc, because I tell you what,
we all have this stuff sitting around,
and there are a lot of people who could make use of this.
Many blessings to you and yours,
|we really packed this in there, rolling it between our palms to make little balls…|
|yep. see the teeth marks? *sigh*|
|I think we heated it up on medium, and the level of the water is important.The higher it is, the quicker the wax melts.|
|Or a tin can. Whatever works that you have around the house.|
|I used a skewer because I could throw it away when I was done rather than trying to clean a utensil.|
|The Big Kid took this pic. I think she is gonna be a photographer some day. 🙂|
|PS–these are HOT and soak up a lot of wax, so be prepared to melt more if needed.|
|Simple. Easy. Frugal. I love it!|
AND THAT IS IT!!!
We timed the first one at just over twelve minutes, AND it caught our dampest piece of wood on fire, the one that we just knocked the snow off before trying to light it on fire! Holy cow! Kinda makes me want to say that if you are holding a candle, and wearing a sweater, DON’T light a fire, LOL!
This is the link that started us off on this whole quest for firestarters, and so I am giving credit where credit is due!Â http://www.instructables.com/id/Waterproof-Dryer-Lint-Fire-Starter/
Way cool idea Heather. Now if I can only find a fireplace to install in my house I will be good to go. Dryer lint, here I come. Karen
Awesome! I will be making these for our patio fireplace. Thanks for sharing!
Brilliant! Pinning to my camping board!
i make a similar version of these….i stuff the lint into the egg carton, i pour my used up melted wax scents over the top of the lint until the lint is all covered and each section is full. i then cut the carton for the individual pieces. they are then ready to burn. they work great!
good idea! We have a heavy barrel wood burning stove, so it is nice to have the “wick” easy to reach and ready to go. 🙂
You can also use empty toilet paper of paper towel rolls stuffed with shredded paper then dip in wax.
yes you can! Or those cotton makeup pads dipped in wax, cotton balls dipped in wax, etc. 🙂 Lots of great ideas out there!
You can also use empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls stuffed with shredded paper then dipped in wax.
Love this idea! My only problem is I don’t use a dryer, I hang my clothes year-round (in the basement when raining or winter). I may ask friends to save me their lint-I’m not ashamed, they already know I’m….quirky.
you never know until you ask, right? many many people use dryers now, so I am sure you will find someone who will willingly throw it into a bag for you and pass it off. 🙂
I love this….I think you need to let Survivorman know about this… He wastes alot of time rubbing sticks together….Hey thanks for sharing…
Love the idea, but be careful what you’re burning. Burning plastics (such as lint from polyester or polar fleece clothes, or yarn made from artificial fibers) can produce dioxins. Dioxins happen to be the most toxic chemical known, so (while you would be producing them in small quantities) it is definitely something to avoid. I suggest using lint only from loads containing only natural fibers (cottons, wool, linens, rayons), and using natural wools for your wick.
We heat our old farmhouse with only a wood stove. When I come back from running errands, I am freezing trying to rev up the ashes. These little fire starters are just the thing to get me back in the warmth! Thanks for all your tips!
yes we have had something similar happen when we are gone for a good part of the day and the fire has died out. These work very very well, and quickly. 🙂
wonder if you could use them in a grill?
sure why not? there is nothing left when they burn out. 🙂
Is there anything else you can use besides egg cartons? We never have paper cartons around. The eggs that come in these at my market are too price. The Styrofoam ones are great for kid’s projects though. Could you maybe use old newspaper to contain the lint? Thanks!
yes you could. Another easy option would be to cut up toilet paper rolls into two or three rings, and fold them over by cutting each end into fours, then tying them!