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Old 01-12-2013, 05:03 PM   #16
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Look for Gulf Wax. It was once made by Gulf Oil, and the brand still exists. It is used for canning, so it would be near mason jars in a store.

I made paraffin starters back in my backpacking days, but the Weber cubes are so cheap, and already made, that I just use them, now.

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Any place that sells canning supplies will have paraffin.
I'll check it out, thanks!

The weber cubes are cheap, but I'm an impatient farker. So I like to start my fires with 2 of em, heck sometimes 3.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:06 PM   #17
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You can probably get saw dust free at any lumber yard or home improvement store that cuts wood for their customers.

But, I use a paper towel soaked in some canola oil and it works great!
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:55 PM   #18
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Tell me more if you can. Where can you buy the raw material? Like the paraffin that you melt? Can you even purchase saw dust? Any particular brand of paraffin? Thanks!

Is it this?
http://www.walmart.com/ip/21072778?a...l5=pla&veh=sem

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http://www.usartsupply.com/ItemDetai...FSFyQgodZ3kAqA
This. It is known as GulfWax. It was a product started by the defunct Gulf Oil Company. I also use it to make waterproof matches for hurricane season. It is used and can be found in the canning section of most stores that sell canning supplies.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Gulf-Wax-F...16-oz/10420578
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:05 PM   #19
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I love the Weber cubes but now I'm looking forward to making some from scratch. Thanks guys!
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:08 PM   #20
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I make my own. Paraffin is cheap and saw dust is easy to find. I fill up a 48-egg carton with saw dust, then melt the paraffin and pour it over the saw dust. Let it cool and cut the egg container into individual eggs and store them in a zip lock bag. My last batch I made about 150 of them and it cost me next to nothing.
Very similar to what I do: I use the small lump charcoal chips in egg cartons with wax. Works great!
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I love the Weber cubes but now I'm looking forward to making some from scratch. Thanks guys!
It is fun to try, especially if you have kids you can make them with. It's a science project. I don't make them anymore, but I am glad I know how to make them.

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Old 01-12-2013, 08:54 PM   #22
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You can also purchase candle wax at most craft stores too!
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You can also purchase candle wax at most craft stores too!
You have to be careful with candle wax. The good stuff is beeswax, not paraffin wax. You have to read the label to be sure what you are buying. Beeswax is fantastic for candles, terrible for fire starters.

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Old 01-12-2013, 09:00 PM   #24
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Tell me more if you can. Where can you buy the raw material? Like the paraffin that you melt? Can you even purchase saw dust? Any particular brand of paraffin? Thanks!


Seems like everyone gave you the info you need.

My neighbor is a wood worker and i go fill up a garbage bag full of sawdust and he thanks me for taking it off his hands.

The parrafin wax i use i get is the same you can with. Im out right.now and dont remember the brand.
Between my four kids and my sisters three we go through enough eggs that im never short or egg cartons. I can make dozens of them and not feel guilty about being impatient and using 2 or 3 to get my fire going.

Just be careful melting it. I do it outside on my gasser in a coffee can. It is flammable so just be careful, keep all water away from it and you'll keep all your eyebrows.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:10 PM   #25
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Yup, I use 'em. I place them under the charcoal grate and open the vents. About 5 minutes later, I got a roarin' fire. In another 5 the meat goes on!

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Am I the only one that can taste an off taste when using the Weber cubes? We quit using them because of it. Now I use the "hair dryer of doom" aka Looftlighter.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:41 PM   #27
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We use the Weber pariffin cubes as well at comps. We just strategically place 2-3 within the pile of unlit charcoal and light them. In short order the whole pile is rollin.

I still go old school with newspaper for the chimney at home though.
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This. It is known as GulfWax. It was a product started by the defunct Gulf Oil Company. I also use it to make waterproof matches for hurricane season. It is used and can be found in the canning section of most stores that sell canning supplies.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Gulf-Wax-F...16-oz/10420578
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I melt gulfwax to seal jelly.
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Am I the only one that can taste an off taste when using the Weber cubes? We quit using them because of it. Now I use the "hair dryer of doom" aka Looftlighter.
I don't put the food on until long after the cubes are gone. I've never noticed any off flavor.
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This is what you're looknig for...in my opinion. Cheap and simple, and lasts for MANY uses. I always used paraffin to make these.


Although, truth be told, most every time I just grab a couple paper towels from the kitchen on the way out back to light up the grill and pour a little cooking oil on them.

However, if you want a cheaper alternative to the fire starter cubes, this is the best I can recommend.
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