The perfect fire starter. Pine Cones!
I was looking for things to do with my nephews and niece when I went back east this last summer. I came across an "activity" of make your own fire starters.
Basically it is dry pine cones, covered in wax--(and a little salt while still sticky).
They work fantastic!
I took old candles that have a tunnel burned out of the center and melted them in a pot of hot water.
Then I poured the melted wax over the pine cones... and hurried... and sprinkled salt.
Don't they look like they have been frosted!
I just put one or two under the logs I am going to light (in the fire place). Strike a match and the magic begins.
I am not sure (exactly) why this works. It has something to do with the wax though. I think it gives the fire some staying power so it will actually burn the pine cones. What ever it is... It works!
P.S. I did not actually get to make these with the little guys back east.