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DIY Pinecone Fire Starters

DIY Pinecone Fire Starters are great for getting a campfire going while camping.
pinecone fire starters on logs

Creating fire starters using pinecones is fun and easy to do. It is a great DIY project to do while you camp.

It is a project that the kids can help out with.

We love campfires. One of the main reasons we camp is so that I can play with fire. If you get cold around the campfire, make yourself a fire reflector.

We like to use homemade fire starters to get the campfire going. We’ve shown you how to create Scented Fire Starters and Fire Starter Logs.

Now you will see how easy it is to make fire starters with pine cones.
campfire being started with a pinecone fire starter

DIY Pinecone Fire Starters


Empty food can
Old pan

supplies for diy pinecone fire starters


Wrap each pinecone with some jute. Leave 3-4 inches of jute at the top.
wrapping pinecones with jute string

Create a double boiler to melt the candle by placing the empty can in the pan with water. Make sure the can is clean and dry.

Place the candle into the can.

Heat the water to melt the candle wax. We do this over the campfire. We have an old pan that we use just for a double boiler.

Remove the can from the double boiler and set aside.

While holding onto the excess jute, dip the bottom half of each pinecone into the wax.

Hold the pinecone above the wax for about 10 seconds to let the excess drip off.
double boiler melting candle wax in a can

Place the pinecone aside to let the wax harden.
pine cones being dipped in melted candle wax and placed out to dry

You only need to use one pinecone to get a fire going. Just light the end of the jute, which will light the pinecone and in turn help get your fire going.
a pinecone fire starter being litcampfire started with a pinecone dipped in wax

Once we got the fire going I got to play in the fire with my favorite campfire tool, the Log Grabber.

Check out my review and mod of this great fire tool here.

DIY Pinecone Fire Starters placed by logs for a campfire


Thursday 21st of March 2024

My wife buys cinnamon scented pinecones every Christmas which loss their smell long before the New Year arrives,lol. One year I took one of the bags(they come in these little red bags) and made fire starters out of them. Do I have to tell you how awesome it is to have these? So now, every year, after the season I get my neighbors and everyone else who is interested to donate candles or crayons and I make fire starters out of these and gift them back as a thank you so they don’t have to struggle starting their fires during the winter or when it gets cold.

Diana Hansen

Thursday 21st of March 2024

Love this idea!!

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

This is a great DIY. It would also make an awesome gift for new campers at the beginning of the season. We might need to make these for the summer!


Thursday 17th of May 2018


Jaclyn Anne

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

Using pinecones for fire starters is such a unique idea! Thank you for the step by step instructions on how to make these!


Wednesday 16th of May 2018

You are welcome!

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