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i have read that when making this type of fire starter you need to use paraffin wax (canning wax), poured into a shallow can

i was wondering if i could just melt down a few old candles i have laying around the house, and use that instead..



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i have read that when making this type of fire starter you need to use paraffin wax (canning wax), poured into a shallow can

i was wondering if i could just melt down a few old candles i have laying around the house, and use that instead..



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I think you CAN use old scrap candles as long as they aren't soy based. Many now days are pretty hard to distinguish from paraffin. The older the better, as soy candles haven't been around that many years yet, so it increases the chances they are indeed, paraffin.
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Yes you can use old candles. Any scrap wax will do just fine. You can even use bacon grease and left over cooking oil. If you are melting down candles save the wicks and stick them into the cardboard. It makes it easier to light. Not necessary though, but if you have them anyway, why not?

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I think you CAN use old scrap candles as long as they aren't soy based.
Why would you say that? If it will burn its fine.

If you want to store them over the longer term, wax is better than oil, obviously.
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Dryer lint and cardboard tubes is also good
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Yep...works well. I even made some 'fire starters' as well.

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