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How to Start A Fire In The FirePlace

Updated on July 9, 2016

Household Tips


Winter Is Coming

Winter is coming
Your chilled to the bone
Want to start a fire
But hubby's not home
You've gone through the paper
You used all the kindle
You sit in despair
As you watch the fire dwindle
You can begin now
Before winter sets in
To make these fireplace starters
For you and your friends
Wrap them up pretty
And tie with a bow
Get your things together
Let's give it a go.

Cupcakes ?

They look like little cupcakes, but they are not for eating
They look like little cupcakes, but they are not for eating | Source

Get Your Things together Let's Give It A Go.

I have the worse time getting a fire started. But with these fun little cupcakes, fire making is a breeze. Before learning to make these fireplace starters, I just could not for the life of me to get the fire going, and if and when I did get it going it would soon die out, But now I can get a fire started in no time , no more waiting for my husband to get home

To begin you will need the following

Paraffin...melted ( paraffin can be found where canning products are sold)
Cedar shavings (these can be purchased in a pet store or any place where pets supplies are sold)
Cupcake papers
an OLD muffin tin..(why risk using your good muffin tin)
an OLD saucepan.. (used muffin tins and saucepans can be purchased for a very little amount of money at your local thrift shop or a garage sale).

Be sure to use newspaper to cover your work surface.

1.Line muffin tins with cupcake papers fill with cedar shavings.

(pack the shavings in as tight as you can)

2. Melt the paraffin in the saucepan over medium heat until liquefied. Remove from the heat.

3. Pour or ladle melted paraffin over shavings.

4.Let set until hardened (can be placed in refrigerator or freezer to speed up the setting).

5.Remove from muffin tin.

To remove paraffin from you utensils, place in freezer to harden . It can then easily be scraped off.


Economic Friendly Version

All though the above version is really not very expensive at all, the following version is practically free.

Why not include the family...take the children out for a hike and have some fun while collecting things of nature to put into your fireplace starters.

Use paper egg cartons (do not use the Styrofoam cartons) and fill with pieces of pine cone, dried leaves, flowers ,nut shells etc. Ladle paraffin into each egg compartment, allow to harden.
.When ready to use just tear or cut apart and use one compartment at a time.

When melting your paraffin you could add any leftover bits of used up candles...Add some color, and put in your broken crayons.

Another idea is to dip small pine cones into the paraffin...As the days get colder it can be really nice having a toasty warm crackling fire going to take the edge off the longer winter nights...Why not take the little ones out for a nice walk, bring along a basket and let them fill it with pine cones.. Small children will really enjoy getting out of doors, and will be able to burn up some of that pent up energy with pine cones.

Your pan will need to be deep enough and have enough paraffin inside to cover the pine cone..


Save the inside core from your roll of bathroom tissue . Stuff it with the lint from your dryer screen. Place roll on the bottom of your fireplace . Light lint roll, add your kindling and proceed to build your fire....

These ideas could also be used when building a beach bonfire or on a camping trip.


Throw Another Log On The Fire

Fireplace starters are first placed under grate, and will need to be lit. Then start layering your kindling , as the kindling begins to catch fire, slowly begin adding your logs. The fireplace starters will stay lit for quite awhile giving you plenty of time to get a nice fire going.

These work perfect for me every time....


Wrap Them Up Pretty

Wrap them up pretty
And tie with a bow

They make a great gift packaged up in a cute box or bag for gift giving.

Wax coated wood chips

Winter is coming

Your chilled to the bone

Want to start a fire

But hubby's not home

You've gone through the paper

You used all the kindle

You sit in despair

As you watch the fire dwindle


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    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hi eugbug...I have never heard of using pumice stone..great idea...

    • eugbug profile image

      Eugene Brennan 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Very interesting! The cupcakes look good enough to eat so I suppose it would be wise to keep them out of the reach of small children!

      Before firelighters were invented, I think people used to use pumice stones which were soaked in kerosene/paraffin oil. These could then be used again the next day.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the visit and vote glad you found the article useful...

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      7 years ago from Australia

      What a great idea. I am very fortunate to have an abundance of an oily native plant called kunzia growing nearby. I have just picked armloads of it to start drying it ready for fire lighting as our winter draws near. If I had seen your helpful suggestion a few days ago, I could have saved myself the trouble. :) Voted up.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      8 years ago from USA

      It certainly makes it easier for me...pine needles are great as well as dry pine cones.

    • adjkp25 profile image


      8 years ago from Idaho

      I hadn't thought of using paraffin before to start a fire. We have two wood inserts and we usually use the little store bought squares to get them going in the morning. We have a couple of huge pine trees so we have always talked about using the dry needles to start the fires but we never have.

      We might need to give your ideas a try to see how they work out for us.

    • hillbilly77 profile image


      8 years ago from North Alabama

      This is an awesome idea. There is a similar idea that was focused in the Boy Scout Handbook that I remember as a child. It was called a Firefly, and was made by rolling newspaper up and then dipping it into parrafin. I heat my home with wood, and I prefer to use heart pine to start a fire, but for those who don't always have access to it, this would work just as well. My wife often has a hard time starting a fire, and she is very creative, so I think I will share this idea with her.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      8 years ago from USA

      That is a really good idea..although I think luminaries are very pretty I have never seen anyone with them in my area..

    • aethelthryth profile image


      8 years ago from American Southwest

      I need all the help I can to get a fire going. One useful thing I've found, that may apply to some in the American Southwest, is, if you do farolitos (sometimes called lumenarias, but real lumenarias are bonfires) at Christmas, you end up with a lot of paper sacks with candle wax spilled on them, which make pretty good starters.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      8 years ago from USA

      shiningirisheyes they sure makes it easier for me...

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      8 years ago from Upstate, New York

      What a fantastic idea and so simple as well.

    • WillStarr profile image


      8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great idea!


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