Fire starters may seem unnecessary because you can build a fire without them, but certainly help accelerate the process.  They’re super easy to make and one of the easiest DIY projects only needing only:

  • Saw dust
  • Paraffin wax
  • Something to mold them (like this)

Last year, I gave my brother some red candles (paraffin wax) which got a little too close to my wood stove and started to melt.  He simply melted the paraffin wax, mixed it with saw dust, and then packed it into a star-shaped mold.

For Christmas, my brother packed them into a nostalgic cookie tin (one which my grandparents used to buy frequently when we were children).  After weeks of letting them sit in my cabinet, I opened them one night after my son asked for a treat after dinner.  Much to our chagrin, the cookies turned out to be fire starters.  We were disappointed and pleasantly surprised at the same time!