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Do NOT use pine-cones as fire starters in your fireplace. When burned they emit creosote, a sticky residue that is highly flammable. It accumulates in your chimney and can cause a chimney fire.
By lindal from Vista, CA
Interesting! I soaked mine in vinegar/water then dried them in a 200* oven for 2 hours. I wonder if this process helps to get rid of that residue. I used soy wax and dried twigs and stood the pine cone in it until it set. I gave them away as gifts so I hope it worked. The recipient loved them, but I will pass this along just in case.
You can either dip your pinecones right into this mix or you can put the scented alcohol into a well-marked spray bottle and spray the pinecones outside as they sit in a cardboard box that's lined with a plastic bag. My favorite is an old box that held a case of small bottles of water because this already has the plastic on it. Lastly let the alcohol evaporate then put these pinecones into a restaurant style gallon jar with a lid or keep them in large gallon size zip-lock baggies until you're ready to give them as gifts. Use care if you bring these scented cones into an office because some folks have allergies to certain scents, so it's best to make sure your gift is wrapped in plastic, or is in a fancy glass jar with a ribbon or a tightly sealed ziplock bag.
The scented alcohol can also be sprayed on your older potpourri to make it smell like new! And the pinecones can also be used on top of packages as decorations in place of ribbons.
By Cyinda from near Seattle
Would love to smell them. I live in the desert so no pine cones here !! Anyone wanta to send me some ? I can pay postage . Misstresscruella@yahoo.com
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There are lots of pine cones lying around on the ground at the moment. Use them to make free and very effective firelighters to light your woodburner or open fire. I soak them in used cooking oil to make them work even better. They smell great too.
By Mrs. Christmas from Slovenia EU
Wow. I've never heard of soaking them in used cooking oil before. A great way to recycle and make something needed! Thanks for sharing.
We use ours for camping.