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How to Make a Homemade Fire Starter {with Beeswax}

Making your own beeswax fire starter is so easy to do and eco-friendly too! We love to sit around a campfire on cool Fall evenings.  But sometimes it is not easy to get our wood to burn.  Luckily, we have plenty of excess beeswax left over from the honey harvest.  Making your own beeswax fire starter is simple to do and eco-friendly too!

Carton of homemade bees wax fire starters with wicks and cinnamon image.

DIY Beeswax Fire Starters

One of the great things about a project like this is its versatility. Beeswax fire starters are a practical item that can make life easier for you.

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If you do a neat job with them, they can become something you share with others too. Anyone who loves natural products will enjoy using these natural wax fire starters.

These are so much better than commercial starters filled with nasty chemicals. When you make your own starter you can be sure of what is in them.

Those of you who live in an area that produces natural pine cones can gather dry ones from the woods. Small pine cones are best for this project – the mini ones are too small.

If you do not have natural cones in your region, or wet weather makes gathering them impossible, you can buy pine cones ready to use.

Using tiny pine cones may result in the fire starter not lighting your fire. Large cones will make the carton lid unable to close. So, the medium sized ones are best.

Pinecone, beeswax, shavings and other materials needed to make beeswax fire starters image.

Good Fire Starter Using Natural Materials

Beeswax fire starters are a clean option to use in your outdoor wood burning fire pit. They do not flame up like some types of accelerants and make starting the wood easier. Be careful to avoid burns – we are playing with real fire folks!

Other course you do not have to use beeswax. Paraffin wax is another popular ingredient in products of this type. However, paraffin is a by-product of the petroleum industry and not as clean burning.

Does this matter? Maybe not, but you will likely be hovering over the fire as it is getting started and I would rather the cleanest burning starter possible.

These homemade beeswax fire starters are super easy to make and eco-friendly too. Yet another great way to use beeswax. A quick natural project that will make starting your next campfire so much easier.

They also make great small gifts for any occasion. Or put a ribbon around the carton and give the whole thing to a lucky camper.

Short stick of cinnamon stuck into egg carton to make fire starter image.

Adding Scent to Wax Fire Starters

In this tutorial, I am adding cinnamon sticks both for looks and to add a bit of scent to the project. This makes the individual starters smell nice and you will enjoy some of the fragrance when starting your fire.

There are many other options to consider. Spices can be added, or dried flowers, bits of rosemary-even a bit of your favorite essential oils.

These options become more important when you are creating beeswax fire starters for gifting rather than solely practical use.

Carton of homemade bees wax fire starters with wicks and cinnamon image.

Wax Fire Starter Tutorial

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Recycle used cardboard egg cartons with dry pine cones and beeswax to make natural fire starters. A great wax fire starter for your fireplace or fire pit.
5 from 1 vote

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Instructions
 

  • Melt beeswax: Melt approximately 9 oz (net weight) of beeswax in a double boiler.
    Beeswax is relatively easy to melt and only needs to reach a temperature of about 147 ° F.
    It will flame if it gets too hot so watch it closely. Yes you “could” use the microwave but a double boiler is much safer.
    Beeswax bars melting in a pot image.
  • Prepare egg carton: Open the empty cardboard egg carton.
    It should be relatively clean but a few stains or spots in the bottom of the cells is no cause for concern. We are going to cover those up anyway!
    Empty egg carton and materials for wax fire starter project image.
  • Fill cavities with shavings
    Fill each section of the empty egg carton with wood shavings (or sawdust-if that’s what you have).
    Pack the shavings down gently into the bottom. They should be about 1/2″ to 3/4″ of shavings in each section.
    Cardboard egg carton with shavings image.
  • Put a 7″ section of wick in each section of the carton.
    The wick should lay across the shavings but stick out a bit. – Later this will be the part you will light with a match.
    Short length of candle wicking in fire starter image.
  • Assemble the beeswax fire starter: Pour wax into each section of the egg carton – it is best to do this one section at a time.
    Your wick may start to float so place a medium sized pine cone into the section. Hold it down until it stays-if necessary. The wax will cool relatively quickly.
    Once the pine cone is staying in place, add a 3″ piece of cinnamon stick to the section. You can use other herbs, pine needles etc to beautify your starter.
    Press it down firmly into the wax and shavings.
    Assembly of pine cone, beeswax and wick image.
  • Check wick location: Be sure the open end of the wick is sticking up out of the wax surface and wrap the wick around the pine cone.
    Wax fire starter with wick around pine cone image.
  • Now, pour a small amount of beeswax on the top of each pinecone/wick section. This helps attach the wick to the cone.
    Pouring melted beeswax on pine cone fire starters image.
  • Let the wax cool completely. Then, use scissors to trim the wicks to a uniform length of an inch or 2.
    When it is time to use them, use scissors to cut the sections apart and use one for your campfire or in the fireplace.
    Carton of beeswax firestarters with wick trimmed image.
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More Tips for Making Fire Starters

Always take proper safety measures to prevent burns or fire when dealing with any flammable substance – even beeswax.

Beeswax can be difficult to remove from pots and pans. It is best to have special ones that are dedicated to wax use.

Make sure your pine cones are not too large and will sit down into the carton well – and that you can close the carton if you wish to make a gift of the whole thing.

One of the most wonderful aspects of this type of beeswax craft is the adaptability. Don’t have an egg carton? You can use muffin tins with cupcake liners as your holder. But be advised that getting wax off your pan may be a chore.

Crafting with Beeswax

There are so many different beeswax crafts that you will probably never create them all. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, right? Besides, there are so many types of beeswax gifts you can make.

From health and beauty projects like Beeswax Foot Balm or the ever popular homemade Lip Balm, there are many things you can enjoy making at home.

Have learning how to make homemade first starters with beeswax. They will come in handy at your next backyard fire pit, camping trip or just sitting around the fireplace.

This natural wax has so much to offer, learn everything you can about what beeswax can do for you.

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