When I was shopping for a home some years ago in a land of cramped new subdivisions, one of my criteria was to find a house with a big yard and lots of mature trees. I found what I was looking for, and I love being tucked away among plenty of forestry, but I hadn’t considered one thing. Pine cones. My yard is lousy with the things, and I spend more time picking them up than I care to think about. Eventually, the pine cone crafts wear thin, but I have found one use for them that pays off year after year.
Pine cones are great for getting a fire started. They’re pretty good on their own, but dipped in candle wax or paraffin, they are so good it almost makes it worth the time spent clearing the yard. They catch the flame quickly and burn hot, even and steady for use in fireplaces, wood-burning stoves or bonfires.
Preparing these delightful little firebombs for service is easy, and after using different colors of wax and adding essential oils, fire-starting pine cones aren’t just super handy, they also look great perched by the fireplace and smell spectacular.
If you are overrun by falling pine cones this time of year, start preparing for colder months ahead with these surprisingly simple step-by-step instructions.
And if you don’t have a yard full of pine cones, ask someone who does. I’d wager they’ll be happy for a little help clearing out the back forty.