Homemade Firelighters

They look almost edible don’t they? They’re not though, they are homemade firelighters. They are really simple to make, and if you have a friend with an open fire or log burner, a small box of them would make a great Yule present. You will need:

Pine cones

Muffin cases

Wax (I used the ends of some old candles)

Cotton string or candle wick

Essential oils (optional)

Lay out the muffin cases and stand a pinecone in each.

Melt the wax, using a double boiler, Bain Marie, or as I did, one saucepan over another saucepan of boiling water. It’s best not to heat the wax directly in a single pan over the heat, as it may burn or even ignite. It’s also best to use an old saucepan for this, as getting the wax of it later is difficult, and I have one I keep for the purpose of candle making.

When the wax has melted, dip in your string or wick – it’s important to do this as it is hard to light unless it is primed with wax. Cut it into wick lengths of a couple of inches, and put one in each muffin case.

Remove the wax from the heat and add essential oils if you wish. If you have an open fire, this can create a beautiful scent as your firelighter burns. Woody scents such as pine and cedar work well.

Carefully pour wax into your muffin cases, filling to about halfway up the pinecones.

To light your fire, pop one amid the kindling and light the wick, and hey presto, the wax starts to melt, and the wax coated pinecone gives a sustained burn so that the kindling can catch. Easy!

© Anna Franklin, 2020

Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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