Fall – that favorite time of year when the air is cool and fresh, the skies are bright blue and I can create fire! I love a fire – in the fireplace, the fire pit or a fire ring. My brothers and I are true pyromaniacs – we love to get a giant roaring fire going in an outdoor fire pit, and just sit around the pit and swap stories and memories and share the good times.
Today, I share with you how I make fragrant fire starters for your outdoor fire pit. I know that there are a lot of methods and recipes out there. This is one I created with what I had on hand to make it easier for myself – and I didn’t have to leave the house and go to the store.
I collected pine cones from my very own backyard. Here are the steps I took:
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees
- Place pine cones on a foil-lined baking sheet
- Sprinkle pine cones with cinnamon and cloves – or any seasonings that you like for fragrance.
- Bake the pine cones for 1.5 hours – being careful to watch for possible burning. The baking process serves to dry out and open your pine cones and will get rid of any pesky mites.
- Remove pine cones from oven
- Start a pot of water to create your double-broiler
- Place candles in the top pot, being careful to not let any water into the top pot.
- Melt down your candles well
- Using tongs, dip and saturate pine cones in the melted mixture
- Place pine cones on waxed paper to dry
Sprinkle pine cones with cinnamon and cloves…
Ready to go in the oven…
I placed the candles in the top of the double broiler for melting.
As the candles melted, I removed the wicks.
After the candles melted I began dipping the pine cones into the wax.
Using tongs to turn the pine cones until they are saturated.
This is what my pine cones looked like after drying. A little pink but I think they look and smell great!
I plan on making a lot of these as Christmas hostess gifts.
Do you love a fire as much as we do? For a fragrant fire, I hope you give this a try.