How to Make Cotton Fire-Starters for Camping

Want to be the man making a fire by hand? Forget those wasteful butane torches or gasoline. This will allow you to make the perfect fire, without having to keep adding more leaves or paper!

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How to Make Cotton Fire-Starters for Camping
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Chop up some old candles.

Chop up some old candles.

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Place the wax in a can and into a pot of boiling water to melt the wax.

Place the wax in a can and into a pot of boiling water to melt the wax.

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Lay out your cotton swabs on some foil. This one was poorly planned as wax spilled on to the table ><

Lay out your cotton swabs on some foil. This one was poorly planned as wax spilled on to the table ><

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Once melted, use pliers to lift out the can and pour onto the pads.

Once melted, use pliers to lift out the can and pour onto the pads.

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Don't COMPLETELY saturate them. Try to leave corners that can light easily.

Don't COMPLETELY saturate them. Try to leave corners that can light easily.

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Voila! It should burn for about 10 minutes like a candle, giving you a great fire source to slowly start building your fire around, adding small sticks at a time in a tipi fashion.

Voila! It should burn for about 10 minutes like a candle, giving you a great fire source to slowly start building your fire around, adding small sticks at a time in a tipi fashion.

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