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DIY Beeswax Fire Starters
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!
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.
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. Medium sized cones are best for this project.
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.
Natural Firestarter for Your Fire Pit
Beeswax firestarters 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!
- 1 -Empty egg carton - cardboard
- Beeswax - 9 oz net weight (255 grams)
- Cotton wicking - 12 7" pieces
- Wood shavings or sawdust - 1 cup
- Medium sized pine cones - 12
- cinnamon sticks - 12 pieces 3" pieces
- Essential oil - optional
- Double Boiler
- 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 degrees F.
But 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- lay a 7" section of cotton 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.
- 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. Press it down firmly into the wax and shavings.
- Be sure the open end of the wick is sticking up out of the wax surface and wrap the wick around the pine cone.
- Lastly, pour a small amount of beeswax on the top of each pinecone/wick section. This helps attach the wick to the cone.
- 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.
* 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.
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Recap Making Beeswax Firestarters
Have fun with this beeswax fire starter project. They will come in handy at your next backyard fire pit, camping trip or just sitting around the fireplace.