Chestnuts roasting on an open fire... but how can you get the fire started without those stinky, expensive fossil-fuel-based firelighters? I loved this idea for home-made firelighters made entirely from stuff you would otherwise have thrown away.
Fill the compartments of a paper egg box with tumble-drier fluff. Melt waste wax1 in a double boiler (fill a saucepan with water and bring it to the boil, then place a glass or metal bowl over the top and melt the wax in that, so the wax doesn't get the direct heat from the stove, but only the indirect heat from the boiling water). Pour some wax into each egg compartment and allow to set.
I've tried it and they work just as well as shop-bought firelighters. You only need one to start a fire. Oh, and if you can start a fire without any artificial aids - keep it to yourself. I'm pyro-deficient myself, and usually leave the firelighting to Ed, anyway. There's no call to make me feel more inadequate than I already feel.
1. I used the wax from burnt-out candles, or you could use the wax from cheese if you buy wax-coated cheese.