Do-it-Yourself Candle Firestarter
As I was going through some old photos, I came across a video and photo series I created back in 2010 to show how to make your own firestarters out of a mini candle and some wood shavings. I’ve used this for so many years I can’t remember where I first learned it from.
These firestarters work great when tinder is scarce or damp. It has a burn time of about 10 minutes. I usually throw one or two into my ditty kit when I go camping or backpacking. Besides the burn time, I like that these firestarters aren’t goopy, slimy, or sappy like other options. Melting the wax is the most time-intensive part, but once you get it started, it goes quick. I usually create an assembly line and make dozens at a time.
- Dismantle the candles by removing the wick and the aluminum casing. Save the casing!
- Place a paper baking cup into the aluminum casing. This helps to keep the firestarter well-formed when the wax is poured.
Stuff some wood shavings into the baking cup, level with the top
- Melt the candle wax (I do this whole process outside and I use metal tins that I don’t care too much about because everything gets a little waxy)
- Pour the melted candle wax into the wood shaving-filled cup
Allow to cool
- To use, simply ignite a spark or light the top on fire!