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Recycled Egg Carton Fire Starters

Posted on May 14, 2011

Recycling egg cartons into fire starters is easy and a very frugal way to start your fire. Whether you are starting a fire in a wood stove or campfire, fire starters are always a handy thing to have on hand. I love making my own fire starters from recycled materials I have on hand.


I use old egg cartons for my base and then add bits of burnable materials such wood shaving from a chain saw, pencil sharpener, or a miter saw. I put some wood shavings in the bottom of the egg carton holes and then added bits of cut up cardboard and scraps of cut up yarn. The added scraps of materials make your fire starters easier to light and help the burning process to produce a great fire starter.


Next I melted leftover wax from an old candle in the glass container it came in. I placed the glass jar in some water in a sauce pan. Over gentle heat, warm the wax until it melts. I added more bits of old wax to the jar as needed to cover the materials in my egg cartons. I used an old spoon to dribble the wax over each fire starter in the egg carton.
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I added some lint from my dryer in one egg carton set as shown above. Dryer lint burns well and is a wonderful material to use for making fire starters.


I dribbled more wax over my fire starters and here is the final results. Now just separate the individual filled egg holders from each other which results in 12 very wonderful fire starters.

Closeup of the finished fire starters made from recycled materials.

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3 Responses to “Recycled Egg Carton Fire Starters”

  1. Lynne
    May 14, 2011

    Very clever – well done.


  2. Crafty Witch
    May 15, 2011

    I’d want to be sure that the dryer lint didn’t contain any synthetic fiber except maybe rayon because that’s derived from cellulose. Other than that, it looks like a pretty cool way to start a fire.


  3. Tara K
    May 18, 2011

    A really neat idea ! :) Another great use for the snippets I get from quilting/sewing .. as long as it’s cotton or silk… but quilters generally use all cotton anyway … Thanks for the post!



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