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