Making Wax Filled Lint Egg Carton Fire Starters

The Utah Preppers blog had a post yesterday on making fire starter candles. As I already had melted wax on the stove for making candles, I gave fire starters a try. Here is how it turned out, along with a field test video.

Egg carton with dryer lint

Fill the base of an empty cardboard egg carton with dryer lint

Melting the wax

Melt some old candles

Egg carton filled with hot wax

Pour the hot wax into the egg carton

Egg carton filled with cooled wax

Let cool

Lots of fire starters

Cut into separate fire starters

A Field Test

Having never used a homemade fire starter before, it was time for a field test. We lit the fire starter and placed twigs on the flames. We had a couple of false starts when the wind blew out the match. After demonstrating that the fire starter does work, we cleared away the burning wood and examined the fire starter. It was still giving out plenty of flame.

Using a fire starter

Testing a fire starter

Fire starter gets the fire started

The fire starter successfully gets the fire started

Fire starter is still burning

After several minutes, we clear the wood and the fire starter is still burning

Field Test Video

Finally, Be Careful

Ten red starters sitting in the camp,
Ten red starters sitting in the camp,
And if one red starter should accidentally glow,
There’ll be no happy campers sitting in the camp.

Rickety signature.


  1. Oh man, I just threw away an egg carton and a bunch of lint. Looks like I should start saving them!

  2. If you embedded a strike-anywhere match head first in the wax then it could be a self-contained unit.

  3. Those look great. We used to make them and take them winter camping. They sure make starting a fire with wet wood a lot easier. Great for camping and emergencies. Thanks for sending some home with Sarah.

  4. Nice Job! I really like Janseph’s idea, I’m going to have to experiment with that one a bit! I’ve got a few more posts going up on UtahPreppers that shows some other fire starters you can make with paraffin wax.

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