There seems to be two methods of making these either drip hot wax over the cone or melt a tea light in a cake case and place the pine cone in the melted wax, these were made using the second method.
Heat the oven to gas mark 4. Take the tealight out of the metal case and stand it in a cupcake wrapper and place in a muffin tin. I used silicone cases for mine, they were brought a few years a go when I was experimenting with making my own candles but they never got used.
Pop in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes, you need to keep a close eye on these as you only want the candle to melt to a liquid state. You most use extreme caution as hot wax can burn quite badly and is highly flammable, after the falmmability is what we will be harnessing!
Remove from the oven, push the wick in the metal disc to the side of the case using handle of a spoon (or other), this will be used to light the completed firelighter. The wicks are very short and a couple did separate from the disc, I still poked them to the side and I am hoping that won't create any issues when I use them.
Place the pine cone in the melted wax and leave to cool. You can either leave in the paper cake case or peel it off, the removed cake cases will also be good to help start your fire, they do look very nice once "peeled" and more like the shop brought ones.
I will be bagging some up as gifts and keeping some to use myself. You can add spices such as cinnamon to the melted wax for a Christmassy smell. I am planning to dry some orange slices as part of my 50 makes for Christmas and I think I might quarter a couple of the slices and add them in to a future batch, they will look pretty and should smell nice too.
That is make number 20 completed from my 50 makes for Christmas challenge.
Has this inspired you to have a go or do you have your own method of creating home made fire lighters?