Melissa’s Weekly Memoir: This was a question asked by one of our wonderful customers this week… How do you make firestarters? Good Question! Here’s the Answer…
Are you in the mood for a captivating campfire, or maybe just a nice calming evening in front of the fireplace all warm and toasty, and snug as a bug lying on a rug. Well, get your hot cocoa ready… because this recipe is fabulous; and makes starting a fire super easy.
Starting a fire in your fireplace can sometimes be a little challenging, but starting fires with festive pinecones makes this process way easier. They’re cute, they smell fantastic, and if you are not feeling like a fire, they are an amazing way to scent your home without even being lit.
Things You’ll Need
1. Gather pinecones from a pine tree. Remove any debris or dirt on them. Place the pinecones on the cookie sheet. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Carefully, slide the cookie sheet into the oven. Turn the oven off after 30 minutes. Leave the pinecones in the in the oven for the duration of two hours. This will ensure that they are completely dry.
2. Starting at the bottom end, wrap the wick around the pinecone two or three times. Try to get the wick as far into the pine cone layers as possible. Leave 1 to 2 inches of wick at the top of the pinecone.
3. Melt two pounds of Pillar of Bliss Wax. Once the wax hits 195 degrees, add red coloring. Let the wax temperature drop to 180 degrees. Add 1 ounce of Pleasingly Pumpkin fragrance oil per pound of melted wax. Stir gently.
4. Now, you are ready to dip the pinecone. For the first dip you need to prime the wick. Holding the end of the wick, immerse the pinecone completely in the wax for 45 seconds.
5. Place the dipped pinecone on wax paper. Allow the wax to cool and harden. Repeat step 4 until the pinecones are completely coated to your satisfaction.
6. Allow the pinecones to dry overnight, then store in airtight containers.
7. You are now ready to set the night a fire. Do not use these as regular candles! They are meant to start fires in your fireplace.
Melissa (Natures Garden Customer Service Rep)