Is there any reason why...

rkshed Posted By rkshed, Nov 5, 2012 at 5:14 AM

  1. rkshed

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    I shouldn't use a pine cone as a fire starter?
    Dropped some in the fire pit over the summer and they burned fast, hot and put out some flame for a while.
    Dropped one i the old stove this morning and the fire started right up nicely.
    Opinions?
    These are plentiful up here in NH and the price is pretty good too.
     
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  2. schlot

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    I hope not, as I use them for fire starters all the time.
     
  3. Thistle

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    I pick up a few handfuls every year when walking in certain areas near home.Use them all the time.Works great & wonderful smelling.
     
  4. tcassavaugh

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    sounds like a plan....mix a little paraffin on them and i expect they'll really take off.

    cass
     
  5. Seasoned Oak

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    I picked a bag full and i cant get them to burn,i guess they are not all the same. They are very dry,just wont burn.
     
  6. Adkjake

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    I sure hope there isn't any reason not too. I'm surrounded by big white pines. Have an unlimited supply of cones. For most cold starts I just throw in 5 or 6 with the kindling and newspaper, and whoosh. I get great starts doing this. I don't get too concerned with technique, gee am I building the right pyramid, should I do a top down start... It ain't that complicated
     
  7. k9brain

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    My 8 yo neice likes to throw them onto the coals when I'm reloading. It's neat to see them burst into flames.
     
  8. tcassavaugh

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    ............and so it begins....the grooming of another future forum participant. ;)

    cass
     
  9. firefighterjake

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    Definitely use 'em . . . they're Nature's Original Super Cedars.

    In fact, I've been using them for the past couple of weeks as I figured I would hoard my supply of Super Cedars . . . well that and I disovered two large trash bags full of 'em on the second floor of the garage while cleaning it out a few weeks back. I had collected them on Fall and forgot about them. Oddly enough, haven't noticed a banner year for pine cones this year though.

    I typically load up the splits, toss in some kindling and then place 2-5 of them on top of the kindling. The dried sap lights up pretty easily with no paper or cardboard needed.
     
  10. Seasoned Oak

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    Cant figure out why mine wont burn ,i think they are fro a fir tree. White pine may be better.
     
  11. firefighterjake

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    Around here you could tell pretty quickly as white pine cones (the most common) are 4-6 inches in length . . . fir are 1-3 inches in length.

    I assume the cones you have are dry and have "opened" up . . . if they're not dry or if they haven't opened up they will not light up as easily.
     
  12. rkshed

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