InMisc. Decor Items, Tuesday’s Trash to Treasure

Nature Lover Pine Cone Firestarters

  Have a fireplace, a wood stone, outdoor patio fire pit…this not only works great to start your fire, they smell amazing and give you beautiful flames.  I pick these treasures up off the ground around my home in GA, if you don’t have pine trees in your yard, seek out a nearby park or recreation area that is open to the public and get yourself a bag of these gems.  They make great gifts, this is only one way I use them I will be posting more on other ways to use pine cones.

Tools and Materials

  • White beeswax, old candles, or wax melts
  • Double boiler or crock pot
  • Wire or tongs
  • Dry pinecones
  • Drying rack or towel (garbage bag)
  • Salt of choice (Epsom salts, table salt or salt substitute)
  • twine

Pinecone Fire Starter How-To

  1. Melt wax to between 150 and 175 degrees. (until melted)
  2. Carefully dip pinecone into hot wax use tongs to turn
  3. Set pinecone on drying rack I use a garbage bag (I can throw away after wax dries) and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Optional…Dip pinecone into wax again and immediately coat with salt. Depending on the salt used, the flames of the starters will burn a certain color (Epsom salts, white flame; table salt, yellow flame; salt substitute, violet flame).
  5. Cut twine into 12-inch pieces, dip into lamp oil soak for about 2 minutes, remove twine and place on towel to dry, tie around the pinecone with a knot and let ends hang
  6. When lighting fire, place pinecones on top of newspaper in fireplace and light twine. Once lit, starters will burn slowly (in desired color) to guarantee that logs light.




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