~ cracked walnut shells (we used English walnut shells)
~ string (garden or other cotton string)
~ cardboard egg cartons
~ grater (if you are using a block of beeswax) and double boiler
1. Cut the tops and flaps off of the cardboard egg cartons.
2. Cut the egg sections apart using a serrated knife or scissors (we found using the knife a bit easier). Do this on a safe working surface.
3. Cut a piece of string and place one end in each egg cup and fill with walnut shells. Length can vary. We cut ours at about 6-7 inches long.
4. In a double boiler, over low heat, melt grated beeswax. How much wax you need, will depend on how many you are making. I think we used approximately 1/2 cup or more to make 1 dozen, placing about 2-3 teaspoons on each one.
5. Pour a small amount into each fire starter and allow to harden. Use a spoon if needed.
I do not recommend you use these in wood stoves. These fire starters contain wax.