- Grate the beeswax or use the flat-bladed knife to slice the wax into thin shavings. Place the beeswax in the metal can.
- Fill the bottom oi the double boiler about half full with water. Bring water to a low boil over medium-high heal
- Place the metal can in water in the top of the double boiler and melt the wax slowly.
- Hold a pinecone with the tongs, and dip it into the melted wax for a few seconds
- Lift the pinecone out of the wax, and hold it above the can while excess wax drips off.
- Let the wax cool partially. Press a piece of candle wicking into the soft wax, and set the cone aside to let the wax harden
Note: You can add fragrant oil to the beeswax when making these fire starters. See "Fancy Herbal-Seented Flames" on page 217 for directions for adding oil to melted beeswax.
To make a pinecone fire starter, dip one end of a pinecone into a metal can that contains melted beeswax.
After the wax cools and hardens partway, press a piece of candle wicking into the soft wax.
Caution: Hot wax can cause serious burns. Wear protective gloves when attaching the wick to the soft, warm wax.
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