Need to start a quick fire? If you've got an empty egg carton, some dryer lint (who doesn't), and candle stubs you can make a fire starter that'll burn for a long while. DIY living blog Root Simple outlines the process:
To make a wax and lint fire starter, save up the ends of a few candles and a bunch of lint from the dryer. Take a paper egg carton and put a big wad of dryer lint into each cup of the carton. Melt the candle wax in a double boiler. The easiest way to do this is to put the stubs in a clean tin can, and put that can in a saucepan about halfway full of water. When the wax is melted, fill each cup of the carton up to the top with wax, soaking the lint. When the wax solidifies tear the carton apart, but keep the wax and lint in the individual paper carton sections. Light the torn edges of the cup to start the firestarter burning. The paper of the carton helps to get the wax and dryer lint burning.
Pretty cool, but if you don't like this method, you can always grab some vaseline and cotton balls as they'll also do the trick.
Quick and Easy Fire Starters [Root Simple]