DIY Simple fire starters (vegan & recycled)

Fire starters have been a life saver in our tiny home. They come in handy when we are short on kindling or just don’t want to put effort into building the evening fire. Most recipes ask for bee’s wax or egg cartons which are not ingredients that we have kicking around. I came up with this recipe that utilizes materials we have kickin’ around. These little guys generate a large flame for 10+ minutes which makes lighting wood a cinch.

You will need:

  • Sawdust
  • Cupcake liners
  • Lint
  • Wax of any kind. I made a batch with  paraffin wax and crayons. You can shred the wax by hand with a cheese grader or with a grading head on a food processor. 


How to prepare:

Line with sawdust
Line the cupcake tray and fill the bottom with sawdust
Step 2
Drop a ball of lint into the middle
Step 3
Top with shredded crayons (left) or paraffin wax (right). Leave some of the lint exposed.

Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes.  Let the starters fully cool before removing them from the tray.

Finished product
And voila!


  • Pour boiling water over the cupcake tray and gently wipe the wax away.

I’ve been playing around with this recipe for a while. Feel free to add your own touch and get creative. Just be sure to add enough wax because without it you will get a charred lump. Remember to leave room to light them. That’s why I leave part of the lint exposed from the wax.

2 thoughts on “DIY Simple fire starters (vegan & recycled)

  1. mylifeasishan Reply

    Looks great

    1. livingtinycanada Reply

      Thanks! 🙂

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