scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Homemade firestarters
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Sat Feb 19 2000 - 19:26:48 CST
Cut some newspaper into strips about 2" wide and the height of the paper.
Take a few strips and roll them up together as tightly as possible. This
will end up about 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch in diameter. Tie it with heavy duty
string, leaving at least one end a few inches long. Heat up some paraffin,
old candles, etc until very hot (well past just melted). Dip the rolled up
newspaper in. You can tell if the wax is hot enough because the air will
bubble and fizz out of the roll-ups. Lift it out and let it drip a bit,
then set it down to cool off.
You definitely need an adult to heat the wax. I did it outside over an old
charcoal grille, so if it caught on fire I could just walk away from it.
These do make great fire starters.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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