Making your own fire can be a challenge even for people with a lot of experience. Firelighters are an easy way to give your wood fire a kick start. Although there are many homemade options for firelighters, paraffin-wax-filled paper cups are a convenient and effective option. The wax is melted, mixed with wood shavings or sawdust, and poured into small paper cups. If you have old burnt-down candles, you can opt to supplement your paraffin with them.
Dump 1 cup of sawdust or wood shavings into an old 2 1/2 qt. pot. You will use 1 cup of sawdust per 2 blocks of paraffin wax to create a mix of wax and sawdust. Do not worry if your measurements are not exact, since both the wax and the sawdust are flammable.
Add water to the bottom of the double boiler. Place 2 blocks of paraffin wax into the top of the double boiler and melt it on the stove top. Remove the double boiler from the stove top burner once melted.
Pour the wax into the pot with the sawdust or wood shavings.
Mix the wood with the wax using an old spoon until all of the wood is coated with the wax.
Scoop up the wood and wax mixture with the spoon and fill the paper cups 1/2 to 3/4 full.
Allow the wax to cool and store the cups near your fireplace or wood stove.