I've tried a lot of fire starters over the years and the one that works best for me is cotton balls dipped in wax. Also tried cotton balls dipped in vasoline but that's messy and doesn't burn as long as the wax. Did the egg carton thing with lint, wood chips and wax for a several yrs but I found it messy. Unless you drown the lint & chips in wax, they come loose. And cutting the egg carton sections off can be difficult and you still get flakes of wax all over the ground. A number of advantages using the waxed cotton balls in a cardboard tube (I use both toilet paper and paper towel tubes.). 1st, you can use only the number of cotton balls you need to start the fire. Typically I only need 1 (more on that later). The tubes are more for convenient storage (in a gallon size plastic bag) than as part of the fire starter. Keeping it in a tube keeps the bag flat instead of bunching up a bunch of cotton balls at the bottom of the bag. A well-soaked jumbo-sized cotton ball will burn for 7-9 min. 2nd, if I do need more than 1, it's easier/safer to cut off sections of the cardboard tube than the egg carton. Have never had the need, but I would guess an entire tube of cotton balls would supply enough fuel/heat to cook a quick meal. As tinder, I use slivers of cedar wood which catch fire very quickly when dry. They burn faster than pine but provide enough heat and time to start just about any dry/damp wood. Left over from a deck I torn down, 3 2"6"x12" planks will supply me a lifetime supply using 7-8" slivers cut off with an small axe. That cedar wood is the reason I only need one cotton ball. Between the fire starters and the cedar tinder, I usually have a roaring rire going in 20 min. Finally, just FYI, the safest way to soak the cotton balls in wax is to use a double boiler to melt the wax. I use a glass jar in a pot of boiling water. Use a tweezer to dip the cotton balls until saturated. Using the tweezers also keeps a small bit of cotton ball free from the wax which provides a good spot to light the fire starter. No wax to melt 1st.