This is a page about how to make pine cones with colors when burned. Creating your own pine cones that make colorful flames when burned is possible, but you will need to obtain various chemicals to produce each color. Many people advise against burning pine cones in your fireplace because the creosote they produce can build up in your chimney.
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Does anyone have the mixture you use on pine cones that makes colors when they are burned in the fireplace?
By Erma from Las Vegas, NV
The instructions are here:
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I'm looking for directions. A longtime ago I read of how to soak pine cones in a "solution" of Alum? And the pine cones would give off beautiful colors when burned. I'd appreciate some ideas Thanks.
Go to http://www.christmas-activities.com/crafts/pinecones.html
It's all there. Have fun! (10/22/2004)
It isn't a good idea to burn pine cones in a fireplace. They give off creosote, a sticky substance that will stick to the inside of your chimney and can cause chimney fires. (10/23/2004)
By Linda L.
I don't want to disagree with the previous advice, but we have been using pine cones for years as many of our neighbors have for starters in our woodstoves. We use the stovepipe cleaning log every fall to clean the pipe. (12/10/2009)
By Ann Winberg