Primitive SkillsSimple Cardboard Fire Starter in a Can Project

Simple Cardboard Fire Starter in a Can Project

This simple cardboard fire starter in a can project makes starting a fire from recycled materials a quick and easy process.

Simple Cardboard Fire Starter in a Can Project

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Today I’m going to show you how to create a very simple DIY fire starter using recyclables.

You will need:

• candles (these can be used, as you’ll just be melting them down from the wax)

• clean, empty tuna can

• corrugated cardboard

• clean, empty coffee can (or other metal container to melt candles in)

• masking tape


• Start by measuring the height of the tuna can against the cardboard.

• Cut strips of cardboard that are as high as the edge of the can. Use masking tape to join the strips together.

• Cut a cardboard “wick” between 2 and 3” tall.

• Wrap the strips around the wick to create a tight, continuous spiral that fills the can.

• Next melt down the candles. You can do this by setting the candles in their melting container in an inch or two of water inside a saucepan on the stove.

• When the wax has fully melted, carefully fish out the wicks with a fork or set of tongs.

• Now, very carefully pour the melted wax slowly over the cardboard in the cans. Fill it approximately ½ to ¾ of the way full. Avoid getting wax on the cardboard wick.

• Wait as the wax is absorbed into the cardboard and dries. Let sit for at least 2 hours before use.

To Use:

Light the cardboard wick using a lighter or match. Now set the can under your firewood, charcoal, or whatever else you need to light.

This design is very wind resistant and the flame will last for some time. It’s a great idea to stockpile a couple dozen or so of these to use throughout the winter or to keep in an emergency kit. Because it contains no fuel or propellent, they’re safe to keep anywhere.

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and here is a 2nd look …..

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Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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