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Pinecone Fire Starter




There's nothing quite as cozy as a fire on a winter's night, and these pinecone starters will help you build a healthy, crackling blaze in no time. They also look quite lovely when arranged in a pile on the hearth and make a thoughtful gift.



  • White beeswax
  • Double boiler
  • Wire
  • Dry pinecones
  • Drying rack
  • Salt (Epsom salts, table salt, or salt substitute)
  • Raffia


  1. Step 1

    Heat wax in a double boiler to approximately 150 degrees.

  2. Step 2

    Hook a short length of wire onto pinecone and, holding the wire, carefully dip pinecone into hot wax.

  3. Step 3

    Set pinecone on drying rack and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Dip pinecone into hot 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 flameTable salt: Yellow flameSalt substitute: Violet flame 

  5. Step 5

    Set pinecone on drying rack again and allow it to cool completely for about an hour.

  6. Step 6

    String five pinecones together with raffia.

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Reviews (1)

  • rosaliem2000 30 Dec, 2014

    What exactly is a "salt substitute"? Is there a brand that I can use to get that violet flame?