Whether you're still enjoying backyard fires or getting ready to start up your fireplace for the winter, fire starters aren't cheap! They cost about $15 a box where we live. And prices can add up fast for my family! We practically live around a campfire during the summer, and then we hibernate indoors around the fireplace in the winter. That's a lot of money to burn!

It took some time, but I finally found a way to get the same effects completely free by making my own fire starters!

The materials are items already found in most homes, so this method is not only inexpensive, it will also be easy to find the supplies needed to get it done. The best part about it is this: I'm getting rid of trash around my house by recycling it throughout the year. So get ready to bring on the heat! Here's a simple fire starter recipe that's sure to save you some money all year long!

DIY Fire Starters

What You'll Need

  • Candle wax (I use what's left over out of my old candle jars.)
  • Newspaper
  • Egg carton
  • Dryer lint
  • Lighter

What To Do

  • Put all of the candle wax into a pot on the stove (heating it up in the microwave for a few seconds will loosen it up if the wax is hard to remove).
  • Tear the papers into 6-7″ strips and then wad them up as tightly as possible.
  • Fill the sections of the egg carton up with the melted candle wax.
  • Stuff pieces of dryer lint into each section of wax.
  • Place the newspaper wads into the wax with a little bit of paper sticking out like a wick on a candle.
  • Close the container and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  • After it hardens, tear off sections of the egg carton, light the wick, and place in the fireplace.