Do it Yourself: Fire-starter cups safe, easy

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The forecast is for chilly evenings, and those evenings are perfect excuses to start a fire in your fireplace.

However, just thinking about all that a fire entails — kindling and piles of rolled up old newspapers — is enough to make you have second thoughts. Those days are over.

New England Country Gifts has developed a fast, safe and economical way to light a fire with handmade fire-starter cups.

The cups are made from a special formulation of high quality nontoxic waxes that burn cleanly. You simply place one of the fire-starter cups under your firewood and light the wick. They work great in your home fireplace, wood stove, camp fire or even ice fishing on a frozen lake.

Look for the New England Country Gifts fire-starter cups in boxes of 12 or 24 at your local hardware store.

— By Janice Westlund, Bob’s Hardware