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Use Leftover Candle Wax for Firestarters

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I save our empty toilet and paper towel tubes, stuff them with waste paper and junk mail or even pine cones. Then I melt my small, leftover candle pieces in a old candle warmer, or in a tin can that is placed in a pot of water on the stove just until it melts. I pour the melted candle over the tubes. Make sure you either do this over a garbage can or stack of papers so you don't spill candle wax anywhere! That's a whole other tip! ;)

I use these little firestarters when we go camping to start our fires or even to start our woodburning stove up from a cold start! Makes starting fires a little easier. Kids can help stuff them all year round and dream about summer camping!

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April 12, 20131 found this helpful
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I also use the cardboard egg cartons but I put some sawdust into the compartments before adding the wax (hubby does woodwork so we always have an ample supply! Could used shredded paper too but I worry about the inks if used indoors - I am sensitive to odors and some burning papers smell bad to me.) After the wax has cooled, I score the cartons so they tear easily by hand. One or two 'eggs' worth gets a good blaze started.

For melting the wax, I like to use a big, tall can (like V8 comes in) so there is no chance of getting water into the wax. I also preform a pouring spout with pliers so it goes just where I want it to go.

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April 10, 20130 found this helpful

This is a wonderful idea and you just taught me how to melt candles in a tin can...no ruined pots! I can't wait to start melting scrap wax this way! Thanks! :)

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April 11, 20130 found this helpful

Melting candles in a tin can that's in a pan of water is also the way to melt wax to add to mold candles or even on top of jelly preserves! :D

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April 12, 20130 found this helpful

I use egg cartons, I fill each egg compartment with old wax melted. I tear off a compartment when I want to light a fire, just light the cardboard edge under my kindling.

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July 20, 20130 found this helpful

Great idea! You can also put dryer lint in the tubes, works great too.

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April 26, 20160 found this helpful

Mine is combinations I guess. I put dryer lint in cardboard egg cartons, pour melted wax over then cut a part and use for fire starters.

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