We're always on the hunt for kindling for our fireplace, so I "borrowed" a few pinecones from V's extensive collection in the yard to make firestarters.
I purchased some like this from Pier One a few years ago for a small fortune. They're simply a wax bottom with a candle wick and a pinecone.
This kind of wick is perfect as it stands up on it's own.
I melted a little beeswax into each tray (smells heavenly!), added the wick and then the pinecone.
(After I photographed this post, I trimmed my wicks to a reasonable height)
Look what Crate and Barrel did for firestarters:
$39.95?! Are you kidding me? They're simply dipped in wax and scented. I'd suspend the pinecone from a thread and dip it in the pot of wax. A few drops of essential oil should make them scented. Wrap them up in a dollar store basket and congratulate yourself on the knock-off. I think you'd save about $38.95.