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Yuletide Logs

  • 1 box ice cream salt
  • 2 lb. copper sulfate
  • 1 gal. water
  • Old newspapers


Use large metal bucket and stir the mixture thoroughly with a stick. Roll newspapers into logs (not too thick) and tie each end of roll with cord. Stand them endwise in solution and let stand for 3-4 days, rotating rolls to make sure they are well soaked throughout. Put them on a rack to dry, rotating to make sure they are thoroughly dry.


On Christmas, put them on fire and watch them as they put out the most beautiful, lasting glow.

By Terri

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October 14, 20050 found this helpful

Sounds interesting but where do you get the copper sulfate?

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December 7, 20060 found this helpful

I LOVE pretty fires, but wouldn't the Copper in the Copper Sulfate be poisonous? Or even the Sulfate?

I don't remember my Chemistry that well after over

50 years removed from it, but Copper is a heavy metal and I'd be interested in knowing. Also, if safe, could this chemical be added to Dried Pine Cones as well? I am also thinking about using an old Parafin

Foot Bath for dipping the Cones into hot parafin, then adding beads to the cone spaces while the wax is still warm/unset, for decorations on a tree or centerpieces. I saw this in a Christmas Magazine but forgot the particulars, going only by memory. Has

anyone done this? God bless all for Christmas. : )

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