Starting a fire is a crucial part of camping (when allowed by the area management agency), especially when the weather is wet. These simple-to-make pine cone fire-starters are great ways to create a fire. One of the interesting features is the use of petroleum jelly on the "fuse."
Tips & Warnings
There are so many variables in pine cone size, it is not possible to project how many cones will be created by the specified quantities.
If melting paraffin spills or drips, let it cool and harden before cleaning, the wax will stick to porcelain, metal, or tempered glass, and simple pressure scraping on the edge--usually with a finger--will break the bond.
Almost every part used in making the pine cone fire starter is flammable, so use caution around heat or flame.
Ensure adequate ventilation and a clear workspace.
Have a fire extinguisher handy as well as two damp towels to smother small flames.
Keep petroleum jelly away from the heat source. Though a low risk, the fumes are flammable and could ignite.
Article Written By Eric Jay Toll
Eric Jay Toll has been writing since 1970, influenced by his active lifestyle. An outdoorsman, businessman, planner and travel writer, Toll's work appears in travel guides for the Navajo Nation, "TIME" and "Planning" magazines and on various websites. He studied broadcast marketing and management at Southern Illinois University.