How to make your own charcoal or fire starter

Step 1: Cut up some cardboard
Step 2: Coat the cardboard in paraffin wax.

That’s it.

I went out this afternoon to fire up the smoker to cook a pork loin. I had to use my last Kamado Joe firestarter and I had no lighter fluid left. I’ve become kind of a fan of those little firestarters, so I decided to google “DIY firestarters.”

I found some waffle’s site that droned on and on about a life story, multiple high-resolution photos of the husband’s wonderful smoked meats, and paragraphs on paragraphs about the adventures in various markets and grocery stores in search of paraffin wax.

So I saved you the headache. Look at steps 1 and 2 above. It’s not rocket surgery nor is it worth 5,000 words. And I’ll spare you my life story and my spiritual experiences in the quest for wax. I’m sure you can find that somewhere on this website.

In the meantime, enjoy some photos of the process.

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