DIY Pine Cone Fire Starter

Wax coated pine cone firestarter

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
  • Wire
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Salt (any kind even Epsom salts)
  • Raffia
  • Newspaper
  • Logs and sticks
  • Optional: Old crayons for more color or essential oils for aroma
  1. Heat wax in a double boiler to between 150 and 175 degrees to melt.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. Tie approximately five pine cones together with raffia.
  5. 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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