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
- Dry pinecones
- Drying rack
- Salt (Epsom salts, table salt, or salt substitute)
Heat wax in a double boiler to approximately 150 degrees.
Hook a short length of wire onto pinecone and, holding the wire, carefully dip pinecone into hot wax.
Set pinecone on drying rack and allow it to cool for a few minutes.
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
Set pinecone on drying rack again and allow it to cool completely for about an hour.
String five pinecones together with raffia.