Blessed we are that we have a nice fire place in the middle of our living room. The only way it could be better is if a fire would start itself. Now that would be something! Since that's not going to happen, it is often up to me to start a fire since the power usually goes out when hubby is at work. They did not teach fire starting at the school I attended and probably not the one you went to either. Fortunately for me, my mom and dad heated with wood so I have had a little experience.
I know you need something to light the fire with and some material to burn easily, such as paper or cardboard, and small kindling or wood to begin with. The only problem is that my paper and cardboard seem to burn out before my wood starts to burn. I burn all the boxes in the recycling bin and all the paper but my wood is not burning good yet. What can I do?
The children and I have collected pine cones for my mom to start a fire. She loves them. Mom keeps a basket of pine cones by the fireplace (she has an insert with a blower) so they dry out good. Then when needed she strikes a match to one and throws it in and WHAM-O, just like that she has a fire. Not true with my fire place. We have no insert or blower and I haven't been at this as long as mom. So I need another option.
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I keep an egg carton on the dryer and as I do my laundry I just put the lint right into the carton instead of the trash, now that is recycling. Once I have two or three cartons full of lint(you can do as many as you like) then I am ready to melt the wax. If you have more saw dust at your home than lint, you just fill your cartons with saw dust. I have even used the shavings from the pencil sharpener. Melt the wax using a double boiler. I don't like to get wax in my pots so I use an old bean can and I put the wax in it. Once the wax is in the can I put the can in a pot of water and set it to boil, keeping close watch over it and stirring often.
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compartment is filled with
pencil shavings. The
other has dryer lint.
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