First step: Gather the supplies - • Bulk wax • Cotton discs/wafers • wax paper for cooling • old stainless bowl – will get waxy • Sauce pan, 1/2 full of water • Set the bowl atop the sauce pan – heat on medium-high, until the wax liquifies. • I used chop sticks as my insertion/removal tool. As I removed the wafers – they only have to sit in the wax for a few seconds – the built-up wax on the chop sticks caused the wafers to slip and fall back into the bowl. If you are not good with chop sticks, an old fork would work great, or old spatula – tongs would be ideal. • Let them soak for 5-10 seconds. • Allow to dry on a sheet of wax paper I stacked wood in the fire place, tore the wafer about half way along the center line – this exposes the cotton fibers. Apply flame to the torn portion. Within 30 seconds the disc is burning well Just a minute or so later, the flame is strong. You can see how the wax provides a lot of fuel for the young fire. There you have it – easy, light, and inexpensive. I made about 100 FireWafers – I paid about $4 for the block of wax, and a dollar or so for the cotton discs. 100 fires for $5. Compare that to my previous method – Duraflame fire-starting bricks, at $11 for two dozen. I’m ahead financially with this – and these wafers are super-portable.