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Project by redryder posted 170 days ago 1010 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project made from wood is about that stuff that never seems to end.
You know: SAWDUST

Spring break is coming up and we are going camping with the grandkids. Hopefully better weather is coming and we will need a camp fire. FIRESTARTERS seems like a good project to let the kids get in some shop time, sweep up some mess and help make a few chips go away.

Supplies needed: pan to heat the wax, an old seldom used candle, muffin pan, baking paper cups, and gloves.
If grandma or mom is guarding her pots and pans you can always use an old egg carton. They work great too.

We heated up the old candles in a meatloaf pan on the wood stove in the shop, filled the containers with muffin paper cups, added about 3/4 full with saw dust and shavings and carefully poured the melted wax into the containers. Let cool and we are ready to light up a fire at the campground or the backyard fire pit and most of all the grandkids are proud of themselves…....................

-- mike...............

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 170 days ago

You ARE having FUN!

Great FUN with the Grandkids!

Good for you!

Enjoy… They grow up FAST!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 170 days ago

Neat Idea!

I should make some up for camping.
I think there may even be a market niche for these.

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 170 days ago

That is brilliant!

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#4 posted 170 days ago

Great project. Good way to get the kids out of the house.

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 170 days ago

Cute idea. Great project.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 170 days ago

Now you tell me. I’ve been buying fire-starters for my wood-burning stove all winter. :(

Thanks for the recipe!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#7 posted 170 days ago

Wonderful activity for the youngsters! Thanks for sharing. Please be careful heating the was, my aunt had a serious fire in her outdoor kitchen. The wax ignited on even low stove heat and flared catching the cabinets above on fire. She was present not unattended, but with her back turned and involved with other matters. Just a word of caution.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#8 posted 170 days ago

Oh yes. Campfires will soon be here

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 169 days ago

Great project and cleans up the shop.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 169 days ago

Great project to share with the kids. I’ll have to make some of my own fire starter.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#11 posted 169 days ago

Hmmm, what a good Idea … My wife would rip my ears off if I used her cook ware … So off to Good Will for a look around … 8 bucks later I had everything I needed, and were they glad to get rid of a bunch of cruddy looking candles … now, lets see where is all that sawdust … oh yah, everywhere.
24 fire starters to share with our camping friends and family. Tis a good day indeed. Thanks for the idea Mike.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#12 posted 169 days ago

I always forget you can do this, thanks for reminding me LOL

Looks like they are having fun

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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