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« on: January 16, 2013 05:19:32 PM »

Now that we living in woods in the mountains our house is primarily heated with wood (via a wood stove in the kitchen).  In order to expedite getting the fire going in the morning and save time chopping and money buying kindling we started experimenting with supplemental ways to get the fire started.  I'd seem plenty of fire starter ideas on pinterest and decided to try the wax-in-paper-egg-carton type. 



Basically, you melt paraffin and pour it into the cells of a paper egg carton.  I'd also heard of and seen dryer lint used to start campfires (on purpose, as well as a leading cause of house fires) so I stuck that in cells before adding the paraffin.  You can also use candle wax, but we just moved and we surely didn't pack up and trck candle stubs with us across 3 state lines. Also, we want something that burns hot and fast and I'm told candle wax is often designed to burn slowly. 



I was able to make 6 dozen of these in about an hour for about 2.4 cents a piece!  Plus, I kept a few things out of the landfill AND helped heat our house.

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2013 05:54:29 PM »

Excellent!  No matter how pro I think I'm going to be starting the fire it never seems to work as well as I imagined - this looks like a great idea!!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2013 06:13:06 PM »

Excellent!  No matter how pro I think I'm going to be starting the fire it never seems to work as well as I imagined - this looks like a great idea!!!

Thanks!  This is totally and utterly what makes it possible for me to start the morning fire.   Before these (and before it go truly cold) I just waited for The ManFlesh to get up to build them.  Fire scares me and I seem incapable of making kindling. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2013 07:12:09 PM »

I just browsed your blog... We just moved from Kansas to Oregon/Idaho border.... I had to chuckle at the "pumping your own gas" post.... My husband and daughter LOVE not pumping our own gas, I'm still undecided... LOL
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2013 07:21:53 PM »

I just browsed your blog... We just moved from Kansas to Oregon/Idaho border.... I had to chuckle at the "pumping your own gas" post.... My husband and daughter LOVE not pumping our own gas, I'm still undecided... LOL

Ha!  I see upsides to both, but I did enjoy just sitting there when we went back to Portland for xmas.  It's not so bad, pumping your own, if it's warmer than 18 and not windy.   Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2013 05:35:39 AM »

Very resourceful and great way to use what you have. And isn't that what life is about where you're living now, T?  Smiley

Side note: fluttermuffin you have THE most organized pinterest I've ever seen.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2013 07:42:25 AM »

Very resourceful and great way to use what you have. And isn't that what life is about where you're living now, T?  Smiley

Side note: fluttermuffin you have THE most organized pinterest I've ever seen.

I sure can't take credit for the idea and we BOUGHT egg cartons from an egg carton manufacturer because there is NO WAY we could eat enough eggs to keep up in fire starters, but that lint is all ours, baby!  (and the dogs', they contribute lots of hair to the lint).

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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2013 12:46:46 PM »

Very clever!
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2013 05:25:10 PM »

Looks good to me - we use a wood stove primarily too, and I made fire starters with pine cones and parafin, with a wick - but this method would be easier
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2013 07:53:50 AM »

Looks good to me - we use a wood stove primarily too, and I made fire starters with pine cones and parafin, with a wick - but this method would be easier

I made those, too!  With cinnamon scent added to the paraffin for gifts for a couple of loved ones with fireplaces.  But these are much faster and use less paraffin and no wick expense.
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2013 06:56:19 AM »

I admit to being a total ignoramus as to the title of this device: rubbish cum heat.  Ooom.  So, in googling it to try and define it (yes, the internet is my first dictionary now), I was afraid to click any of the links that came as a result.  Naturally, half of them were pornos.  (bwa ha ha).  So what is the origin/definition of the term "cum heat"?    Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2013 08:44:35 AM »

I admit to being a total ignoramus as to the title of this device: rubbish cum heat.  Ooom.  So, in googling it to try and define it (yes, the internet is my first dictionary now), I was afraid to click any of the links that came as a result.  Naturally, half of them were pornos.  (bwa ha ha).  So what is the origin/definition of the term "cum heat"?    Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Here are some definitions from online dictionaries - a safer place to look up words.  Wink

Dictionary.com
cum
1 [kuhm, koo m]
preposition
with; combined with; along with (usually used in combination): My garage-cum-workshop is well equipped.
Origin:
158090;  < Latin:  with, together with (preposition)

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Definition of CUM
: along with being : and used to form usually hyphenated phrases <a credible mining camp elder-cum-publican G. B. Shaw> <Christian and Christian-cum-voodoo churches David Binder>

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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2013 09:18:59 AM »

Oh---haha!---the old Latin problem.  Didn't study that: I know Spanish, French, Russian, some Chinese, but not Latin.  Thanks so much for enlightening me!   Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2013 09:36:54 AM »

Oh---haha!---the old Latin problem.  Didn't study that: I know Spanish, French, Russian, some Chinese, but not Latin.  Thanks so much for enlightening me!   Cheesy

Heck, I didn't study Latin, it's just a word I've heard forever and all over.  I bet now that you know it, you'll hear it around everywhere, at least in English-speaking places.
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I grew up with a woodstove for heat! I sure do miss it... We always made these for our use and some for family members who also had woodstoves. When the summer rolls around, save your cartons and you won't have to buy them next time. Also, cheap candles burn faster. We kept a shoebox box that various wax odds and ends would go into through out the year. Broken crayons, candle bits...We also got wax bit and carton contributions from other family members. My aunt makes them now and they use sawdust. Also works great.
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« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2013 09:00:35 AM »

Thank you so much for posting this. I'm going to be giving this a try! I read the blog entry on it, so wish me luck. I've already got egg cartons (though I saw yesterday I can purchase some more--if needed-- at the farm & feed store in town) from our egg-eating, and obviously already have lint! I only had to buy the parafin wax, which wasn't costly and will have many other uses if I can't manage this seemingly simple project. Thanks for sharing! :-)  ~~b
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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2013 12:57:01 PM »

I grew up with a woodstove for heat! I sure do miss it... We always made these for our use and some for family members who also had woodstoves. When the summer rolls around, save your cartons and you won't have to buy them next time. Also, cheap candles burn faster. We kept a shoebox box that various wax odds and ends would go into through out the year. Broken crayons, candle bits...We also got wax bit and carton contributions from other family members. My aunt makes them now and they use sawdust. Also works great.

I will definitely be saving any other wax we get, but as we don't burn candle much or use crayons enough to have stubs, I imagine we'll be sticking with the paraffin.  Since I bought 125 and we still eat eggs, I won't be needing to buy them for a long, long time!  I've used sawdust in the past!  It does work great - anyone who's talked to a firefighter in a town with a mill can verify that.   Shocked

Thank you so much for posting this. I'm going to be giving this a try! I read the blog entry on it, so wish me luck. I've already got egg cartons (though I saw yesterday I can purchase some more--if needed-- at the farm & feed store in town) from our egg-eating, and obviously already have lint! I only had to buy the parafin wax, which wasn't costly and will have many other uses if I can't manage this seemingly simple project. Thanks for sharing! :-)  ~~b

You're welcome!  It is simple and you'll do great!  And if you end up liking it you can do like spaz2freek mentioned and have family and friends save cartons for you (assuming you don't know a bunch of people with chickens like I do).  If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer if I can and I'd love to hear how it goes.
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« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2014 04:45:11 PM »

great idea , i wish I would have known this years ago when My mom heated our home with a wood stove
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« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2014 08:57:56 AM »

These are great. I have made similar from candle scraps and lint. Just put some lint or shredded newspaper into your egg carton and cover with melted wax. They work great and reduce waste. It's a win win. Great job.
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« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2014 11:45:43 AM »

These are great. I have made similar from candle scraps and lint. Just put some lint or shredded newspaper into your egg carton and cover with melted wax. They work great and reduce waste. It's a win win. Great job.

Whenever I have a candle stub again, I'll save it for this, but I decided not to move ours across 3 state lines. Smiley  And we just don't burn them like we used to.
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