Creating a Cupcake Liner Fire Starter

As a frugal camper, I am always looking for ways to save money.  While I could go out and buy fire starters, why should I when I have everything at home to make a DIY version.  Plus, this is a great way of getting rid of those little scraps of this and that I have left from other projects. 

To begin the process of making your cupcake liner fire starters starts with gathering your supplies.  What you will need is a muffin tin, paper cupcake liners, scrap wood, dryer lint, broken crayons, double broiler, burlap, and a food grader or potato peeler. you have your supplies together, call the kids in to help.  Have them begin to fill the cupcake liners.  But before I jump into the steps, let me explain the type of wood you will need.  Really, any kind of wood would do and if you have none, do not despair.  There are a couple of things you can use.  One is a broken up pinecone.  Another can be a few slices of cork from a wine bottle or sawdust from project you just got done doing.  The important factor though is not to use any wood that has been pressure treated.  While you may think that this really is not an issue, you do not want your kids handling this wood nor do you want to burn it.  The burning process releases the chemicals that make it insect and moisture resistant, which comes out as a vapor that you end up breathing.

Now that you have your supplies together, the next step is to begin the creation process.  To start this project, have the kids first help you break up and grade the crayons.  Put the crayon pieces in the top part of the double broiler and place water in the bottom part.  Place the bottom pan on the stove and bring the water to a boil.  While you are waiting for this to happen, have the kids line the cupcake pan with the cupcake liners.  Once that is done, set a small piece of wood or wood substitute list previously.  The next item you need is the dryer lint.

If the water has come to a boil, place the top pan on top of the water and remove the pans from the heat.  Stir the crayons until they are melted.  After they have melted, pour into the cupcake liners.  You do not want to fill them but instead you want to cover the contents of the cupcake liners.  Next, let the wax harden a bit.  Once that has happened, cut a strip of burlap, roll it up, and stand it up in the center of the cupcake liner.  This will act as your wick.

After all the cupcake liners have been finished, place the muffin tin in the refrigerator to finish off the hardening of the wax.  Once the wax has hardened, remove the liners from the tin and store in a resealable bag.