Tip for putting sawdust to good use. (make firestarters!)

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 12-03-2007 04:56 PM 854 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

Here’s a tip to use the sawdust that you accumulate. It has to be mostly ‘pure’ sawdust for this project.

My wife makes candles and after pouring batches she has some leftover wax – usually colored and scented. We toss all that together and when it gets to be a decent amount we can make our own firestarters.

It’s prettty simple and there are naturally variations.

But essentially you melt the wax and add sawdust until you get a sludge consistency, I’ve heard some people even add dryer lint. Since we make candles we have some metal cups to mold votive candles in, we spray a little release agent in the mold (could use cooking spray) and then pour the sludge in – you can drop a wick in if you like to make them easier to light.

Once they set hard, just pop them out. You can wrap these in brown craft paper, like a popper/cracker toy, and stack next to the fire and they look nice.

If you’re not a candlemaker just hold on to the wax left in the bottoms of your candle jars and melt it down – putting the jars in a warm oven works well. You can mold these in small paper cups, cupcake cups, paper egg cartons, etc.

A big bonus with these is that your home will smell great when you use these!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 12-03-2007 05:06 PM

Nice! I have enough sawdust in my DC to make 2 million of them! These would be quite handy for the fire pit outside. Thanks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 12-03-2007 05:10 PM

Come on Tom, I was expecting you to ask for pictures?!! Aren’t you the one that always asks for visible evidence?

Tim, great idea and nice teamwork project with the wife. Thanks..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 12-03-2007 05:17 PM

That’s pretty much how they make those firestarter logs you find in the grocery stores. We used to teach the boyscouts the same thing. Mold your waxy/sawdust into a paper egg carton then just tear off the individual cups. Then I happened to discover that dryer lint packs down really compact, and with a little lamp oil added…well, you get the drift.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 12-03-2007 05:21 PM

I’m with mot, I don’t think there are that many candles in this town!

I was reading about the project that was made using “wood welding” for the joints, and was wondering if a person could use the same concept to make little fire logs.

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#5 posted 12-03-2007 07:13 PM

LOL…RobS, you’re right, but Tim’s description was pretty good and I got the point. However, pictures are always nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 12-03-2007 10:58 PM

I’ve used milk cartons for firestarters.. not sure if it is a great idea but it works well.. so I might just mix some wax with sawdust and pour it into the bottom of milk cartons… good idea

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 12-04-2007 05:58 PM


I knew I should have posted some pics! I added a project with step-by-step as well as pictures.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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