DIY Pine Cone Fire Starter
Make your own Pine Cone Fire Starter with some materials from nature. Starting a fire is something that takes more know how than people realize until they try it the first time. This Pine Cone Fire Starter will give you a head start next time you want to build a fire in your fireplace or campsite.
Did you know pine nuts come from pine cones, but only some pine trees produce nuts large enough to harvest. Source: Michigan State University Extension – Fun Facts About Pine Cones
- Pine cones, dry
- White beeswax
- Cooking thermometer
- Double boiler
- Cardboard tubes
- Salt (any kind even Epsom salts)
- Logs and sticks
- Optional: Old crayons for more color or essential oils for aroma
- Heat wax in a double boiler to between 150 and 175 degrees to melt.
- Insert a length of wire onto top of pine cone making a hook and, holding wire, carefully dip pine cones into hot wax one at a time.
- Put pine cone on top of cardboard tube and let wax cool before dipping pine cone into wax again and coat with salt right away. Each salt will burn a different color (Epsom salts, white flame; table salt, yellow flame; salt substitute, violet flame)
- Tie approximately five pine cones together with raffia.
- build a tepee of sticks or logs and place string of pine cones on top of newspaper in fireplace or campfire bed before lighting . The starters will burn slowly guaranteeing that logs light.
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