DIY Fire Pit Starters…

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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…

DIY fragrant pine cone fire starters...

Ready to go in the oven…

DIY fragrant pine cone fire starters...I did not have wax on hand.  I used candles that I had in the closet from the Dollar Tree.

DIY fragrant pine cone fire starters...

I placed the candles in the top of the double broiler for melting.

DIY fragrant pine cone fire starters...

As the candles melted, I removed the wicks.

DIY fragrant pine cone fire starters...

After the candles melted I began dipping the pine cones into the wax.

DIY fragrant pine cone fire starters...

Using tongs to turn the pine cones until they are saturated.

DIY fragrant pine cone fire starters...


This is what my pine cones looked like after drying.  A little pink but I think they look and smell great!

DIY fragrant pine cone fire starters...

I plan on making a lot of these as Christmas hostess gifts.

DIY Fire Pit Starters - add a little cinnamon and cloves, bake in a 170 degree oven for two hours, and dip in melted wax

Do you love a fire as much as we do?  For a fragrant fire, I hope you give this a try.

DIY fragrant pine cone fire starters...


  1. What a great idea for this time of year ~ and I love that you did it with “stuff” from around the house 🙂 A fire would be so nice on this crisp morning ~ if I only had some of your fire starters! Bwg ~~~

    1. Bobbi – There’s just something about that fire…the fragrance, the dancing fire – we love it. It’s even better when it smells like cinnamon and cloves 🙂

  2. Vicki and Jennifer, that is and awesome idea and a great gift. My friend came down from Lake Tahoe this weekend and we did a lot of playing with outdoor elements too. It’s awesome to use the things we have in our home!! Happy Sunday, Lisa

    1. Thanks so much Lisa…so happy you got to spend time with your friend. Can’t wait to see what y’all created 🙂

  3. You seriously do things I’ve never even heard of! This will definitely be on the TO DO list for my Lumberjack party! Thanks for sharing

    1. Hey CoCo- we appreciate you so much! So glad you will give our project a try. I can’t wait to be a lumberjack LOL

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