What’s the appeal of a wood fire? It’s lots of things, the smell, the crackle and the warmth. A real wood fire is a necessary part of Christmas. But the hassle of crumpled newspaper and kindling I can do without. Taking a few of these fire starters in a pretty mesh or paper bag as a hostess gift would be a great idea.
I’ve seen homemade fire starters lots of places and have wanted to try my hand at making some. This DIY is an amalgamation of a number of different methods.
- dried pinecones
- paraffin wax
- vegetable oil
- small containers
- natural twine
- double boiler
Search out small bowls that you may have on-hand that will just fit the size of pinecone you are using. Grease them liberally with vegetable oil and set aside. Wrap natural twine around and through the pinecones to aid in lighting.
In the top of a double boiler melt the wax completely. I used paraffin but you can use beeswax as well. Pour the melted wax carefully into the bowls and gently place a pinecone in each. You can add more wax to the bowl at this point if needed.
Set the bowls out to cool and harden overnight. When the wax has cooled completely gently twist the pinecone out and you’re done. You can add essential oils to the wax for a scented starter but I didn’t bother. Natural fire smell is best all on its own.