At this time of year our woodburner gets lit most evenings and it's time to restock our woodshed, cut loads of kindling and make pine cone fire lighters ready for the cold winter days ahead. Here's how we make pine cone firelighters, that also make wonderful Christmas gifts too.
Plenty of pine cones, soy wax, candle wick, an old saucepan, spoon, baking tray and essential oils - I use mandarin, cinnamon and clove.
Melt the wax in the pan on a low heat and add in drops of essential oil to the melted wax. Then wrap a a few inches of wick around the base of the pine cone, leaving a few centimetres of wick sticking out.
ladle the hot wax into the dimples of the baking tray and place the cone into each one. Put in a cool place to set, they should lift out easily. Store in a cool place ready for those winter fires!