Amazing the things that we all have laying around that have some really great uses and do not even know it. Take crayons for instance. I had read somewhere that they were good for starting fires. I was at Wally World picking up a few things and I told my wife I needed to go get something.
“What do you need to get?,” she asked.
“Crayons.”, I said.
“Crayons? Why in the world are you buying crayons?”, she asked.
“I think they will make good fire starters and want to test it out.”, I responded.
My response was followed by the biggest eye-rolling in history and a very large sigh, “whatever….”, she said.
I figured I would go with the top-of-the-line Crayola brand. I bought a small pack and after getting home turned into a pyromaniac. Took the crayons out to my grill and started messing with them. In a very short amount of time I discovered something very important…..
They burn and burn extremely well.
What I found was that it works best when you light the non-pointy end. The paper wrapper works as a wick and the melting wax boils and burns. You can see from the picture above that a pretty good flame is emitted. I also found that these burning crayons are fairly wind resistant. A gusting wind will blow them out but a light breeze that may blow out a match or candle has little effect on the crayon.
Lastly – one crayon burns for a pretty long time. I did not time it but at least 15 minutes.
Pretty cool discovery. Have any crayons lying around? Give it a try. It also works extremely well to break the crayons up into smaller pieces – just leave the wrapper on.
Funny though – noticed my hamburgers tasted a little odd after this test for some reason.