Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lets get fired up!

We love having fires in the fireplace and curling up with the pups on the couch!  

My mom had given us a few fire starters that she made years ago and they work like a charm! We were almost out, so she came over and helped us make our own.  

She used newspaper before, but since we don't have any newspaper we decided to use a role of paper instead.  We cut into 18 inch pieces, folded in 3rds, and rolled them up and secured with twist ties.  Wine definitely helped this process!

We placed metal coffee cans in a pot with water- enough water to boil but not allow the can to float.  We then melted a mixture of chunks of wax and old candle sticks in the coffee can until all melted. This took longer than I thought it would.

We attached a binder clip to the end of a piece of string and used it to dip the rolled up paper into the wax.  We let them dry some and then dipped each one a second time.  I'm sure there is an easier way to dip them, but this is what our German minds came up with!

Thank you to my grandpa for providing us with all of the materials to make our homemade fire starters and my mom for showing us how!

  Looks like we are ready for many fires in the fireplace this winter!!

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