How to Add Scent to a Fireplace

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You're not limited to the scent of smoldering logs in your wood-burning fireplace. Think of your fireplace as an over-sized potpourri or incense burner -- but don't throw just anything into the fire. To add a spicy scent to your fireplace without inadvertently releasing unknown chemicals into your home, make your own toss-ins with pine cones from your yard and items from your pantry.

Things You'll Need

  • Pine cones
  • Bucket
  • Paper towels
  • Cookie sheet
  • Flour
  • Saucepan
  • Foam brush
  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • Large zip top plastic bag
  • Wax paper
  • Purge the pine cones of dirt and bugs by soaking them in a bucket of cold water for 1 hour. Keep the pine cones submerged the whole time.

  • Remove the pine cones from the water and lay them out on paper towels. Allow the surface water to drain out for one or two hours.

  • Place the pine cones on a cookie sheet. Bake them in a 200 F oven for 30 to 45 minutes, until they are dry and open. Allow the pine cones to cool and continue to dry overnight.

  • Mix 1 part flour and 3 parts water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then remove it from the heat, stirring frequently, until it thickens into a paste. Allow the paste to cool.

  • Add 1 cup of ground cinnamon to a large zip top plastic bag while the paste cools.

  • Coat the pine cones with the flour paste with a foam brush.

  • Place the coated pine cones, two or three at a time, in the zip top bag filled with cinnamon. Close the bag and shake it to coat them.

  • Place the cinnamon-coated pine cones on wax paper. Allow the pine cones to dry for two or three days before using them.

Tips & Warnings

  • To use the scented pine cones, toss one or two into the fire.
  • You can use any kind of powdered spice or spice blend you like.
  • Display the scented pine cones in a decorative bowl or basket to add a light cinnamon scent to the room.
  • Don't skip the soaking and drying steps -- you could wind up bringing bugs inside.

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