Egg Carton Fire Starter Looking for a creative fire-starter idea? Try using a cardboard egg carton to get the flames flickering in no time. By Caroline Burgess December 2015/January 2016 Tweet Keep cardboard egg cartons; they make fantastic fire starters. Photo by Fotolia/Alex Staroseltsev Content Tools Print Email My wife buys eggs in a paper container instead of Styrofoam because the empty cardboard egg cartons serve as excellent fire starters for our woodstove. Henry Fraas Ransomville, New York Tweet Related Content Share your thoughts. Share doug 11/6/2015 8:13:30 AM I forgot to mention one good source for candles. Go to retailers during the after-Christmas sales and buy up all of their large candles for pennies on the dollar. doug 11/6/2015 8:11:21 AM That is only half of the equation. Save all of your dryer lint and collect old candles. Put lint (or part of a cotton ball) into each divot and pour melted wax across everything. After it cools cut it apart with a knife. I used to swear by paraffin and sawdust fire starters (and never had any luck with fat wood) but these are better. They light instantly and work just as well as the commercial paraffin starters.