Pinecone Fire Starter

Pinecone Fire Starter

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


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. Heat wax in a double boiler to approximately 150 degrees.

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

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

  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 flame
    • Table salt: Yellow flame
    • Salt substitute: Violet flame


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

  6. String five pinecones together with raffia.


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