The Tip Board
Make your own fire-starter log:
The next time you do any woodworking, cutting, or splitting put that saw dust and scrap wood to use!
1. Collect up any saw dust, wood shavings, or small scrap pieces from splitting (bark, splinters, etc). I found what also works well is taking a piece of scrap wood and either chiseling or wittling off 1-2 inch shavings. Doesn't take more than 10 minutes to get a decent pile.
2. Use wax or melt down any candle (you can get sticks for less than a buck at the grocery store) by placing the wax or candle in a glass jar. Heat the jar (uncocvered) in a pot of water. This is called a double boiler, it ensures the wax doesn't burn.
3. Take a used paper towel roll or make a small tray out of aluminum foil, and fill with the wood shavings. Pack it in nice and tight. It also helps to do this on a paper plate or somewhere that you don't mind wax leaking out onto.
4. Once the wax is liquid and your roll/tray is packed tight, pour the melted wax onto the wood shavings. The more wood you have in there, the better it will burn. I found that a rough 2:1 ratio of wood to wax is best. Basically, you should see more wood than wax
5. Let cool for atleast an hour or until wax has fully hardened. It may look hard on the outside but may still be soft inside.
6. When fulled hardened, peel off aluminum foil or the paper towel roll and you now have a starter log! This works great for starting fires where your tinder/kindling might be wet or too big. Be sure to carry these in a plastic ziplock as the wax can melt in your pack if it gets too hot.
I'm trying to improve this to make them even easier by using a router and a block of wood to make a mold to mass produce them for my friends. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated!