This is for all you firepit lovers! Our family bundles up and spends many an evening at the fire pit talking and laughing and drinking coffee or hot chocolate or something a little stronger! We are fire pit people, for sure! I have such a fun way to get the fire roaring. PINECONE FIRE STARTERS! They are super simple to make and even if you are not crafty you can do this! Keep a little basket of them handy to help you light your fire pit and keep you warm on chilly nights. But don’t keep them for yourselves! Make extra to give as a great gift! Let’s make Pinecone Fire Starters!
Not only are they useful… they are also so pretty!
All you need…
- 13 assorted sized pinecones (Get them HERE.)
- wire ( I ran out of wire and used these wired picks instead)
- beeswax pellets (Get them HERE.)
- rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or aluminum
- wire rack
- small pot
- 2 cup glass measuring cup
Here’s how to make Pinecone Fire Starters…
Attach an 8-inch piece of wire to each pinecone by looping the wire around the top of the pinecones and catching some of the arms in the loop. This will give you something to hold on to when you dip the pinecones into the wax.
Create a bain marie, or a water bath, to melt the beeswax pellets. DO NOT put the beeswax pellets directly into the pot on a heat source or they might cause a fire. Add a few inches water to the pot and when it is just barely simmering at a very low heat add a 2 cup glass measuring cup filled with beeswax pellets inside the pot of simmering water. One pound of beeswax pellets is about 1 1/2 cups of melted beeswax.
Let the pellets melt completely… this takes longer than you think! Watch them carefully. Once they are melted you can turn off the heat source.
Meanwhile, cover the bottom of a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment or aluminum foil. Put a wire rack on top of the parchment to catch any dripping wax
When the pellets have completely melted, dip a pinecone into the wax using the wire to guide them into the wax. Pull the pinecone out of the wax and hold it above the measuring cup to let it drain.
Move the waxy pinecone to the wire rack. Dip pinecones until the rack is full. The pinecones below have been dipped one time.
Redip the pinecones two more times letting them harden in between dipping.
Set the pinecones on the wire rack to harden and remove the wires.
Aren’t they pretty?
That’s it. One pound of beeswax makes about 13 multisized pinecone fire starters. This work amazingly well to get a fire going. We use 3 pinecone fire starters for each fire!
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