pine cones

pine cones

Post by Betty Walk » Wed, 13 Sep 1995 04:00:00



I want to do some decorating my my store this Christmas using real pine
cones.

Isn't there a way to heat them in the oven that insure that no little
critters will come out in the heat of the store.

If anyone has the answer, I would appreciate it very much.

 
 
 

pine cones

Post by V. Go » Wed, 13 Sep 1995 04:00:00



<I want to do some decorating my my store this Christmas using real pine
<cones.

<Isn't there a way to heat them in the oven that insure that no little
<critters will come out in the heat of the store.

<If anyone has the answer, I would appreciate it very much.

I read somewhere that you can bake the pine cones in the oven
at 250 degrees Celsius for about half an hour. I just did this
with the pine cones I collected over a month ago, but they already
had mold on them. I would suggest in addition using a wood preservative.
--
Vesna E. Goss
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 
 
 

pine cones

Post by <MAH.. » Fri, 15 Sep 1995 04:00:00



says:

Quote:


><I want to do some decorating my my store this Christmas using real pine
><cones.

><Isn't there a way to heat them in the oven that insure that no little
><critters will come out in the heat of the store.

><If anyone has the answer, I would appreciate it very much.

>I read somewhere that you can bake the pine cones in the oven
>at 250 degrees Celsius for about half an hour. I just did this
>with the pine cones I collected over a month ago, but they already
>had mold on them. I would suggest in addition using a wood preservative.

You can put them in a plastic trash bag and place the bag in a hot and
sunny spot for a day or two.  Any bugs will die.  You can bake them
at 250F for an hour and that will kill them too.  You can also put them
in a plastic bag along with a paper towel soaked in fingernail polish
remover.  (That's how my daughter had to kill bugs she collected for
her 6th grade entomology class.)  But to tell the truth, I've never
had a bug problem with the cones I've collected.  If you have
mold on them, soak them in water for about an hour with a little bleach
(capful), then scrub the mold off.

Meryl <><

those words are mine

 
 
 

pine cones

Post by Woodbutch » Sat, 16 Sep 1995 04:00:00


Hi Terry,

my Grandmother used to pack them in  salt and let them sit for about 3 day, then rinse  them off
and let them dry in the sun. I have done the same and it works fine

soaplady

 
 
 

pine cones

Post by Donna Youman » Sat, 16 Sep 1995 04:00:00


I work with pine cones (all shapes and sizes) which I collect all over
the country.  I have boxes of the very large ponderosa type cones
collected in the mountains of BC, smaller scotch and white pine cones
(collected in a friend's yard) as well as spruce cones of all types from
my neighbour's yard and from the yard at the cottage.  With all types I
have baked them in the oven at 250 degrees F. for approximately a half
hour on an old cookie sheet.  I find the best way to dry them (kills the
bugs and causes them to open completely) is to do them in a brown paper
bag in the microwave.  I put a dozen or so cones in a bag and heat on
medium for 30 seconds.  Remove bag, shake it up and do for another 30
seconds.  The total length of time depends on the size of the cone, and
how dry the cone is to begin with, but with practice you will get to know
how long to do them.  I guess I've been lucky, but haven't found any bugs
in mine.  Hope this helps
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Quote:


> <I want to do some decorating my my store this Christmas using real pine
> <cones.

> <Isn't there a way to heat them in the oven that insure that no little
> <critters will come out in the heat of the store.

> <If anyone has the answer, I would appreciate it very much.

> I read somewhere that you can bake the pine cones in the oven
> at 250 degrees Celsius for about half an hour. I just did this
> with the pine cones I collected over a month ago, but they already
> had mold on them. I would suggest in addition using a wood preservative.
> --
> Vesna E. Goss
> Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 
 
 

pine cones

Post by Nancy Dool » Sat, 16 Sep 1995 04:00:00


Quote:


>Subject: Re: pine cones
>Date: 15 Sep 1995 03:39:10 GMT
>If you heat pine cones in an oven to kill off bugs,
>you better also get ready to deal with all the pine
>tar that will come out of the cones - and into your
>oven - which will send the smell all over the house!!
>I never tried boiling pine cones, but you might want to
>experiment with this ( outside - and downwind <g> ).
>I guess you could also fire up an old bar-b-que pit
>that you'll never use for anything else again and heat
>them this way.
>Anybody else have any suggestions?
>Terry

I have responded by e-mail; but for anyone else:  Line your cookie sheets with
foil; bake at 250 deg. F. for about 10 minutes (or until the sap is all
melted).  Cool outside.  I run my kitchen exhaust fan at high until I'm done;
yes, it does smell up the house, but the smell is gone by the next day.  My
kids are (were) used to it.

This is a good treatment for two reasons:  One, it gets rid of any lingering
bugs and also the sap turns into a very pretty "glaze" on the tips of the
cones; and two, you cannot really work with sticky cones (like white pines)
until you've dealt with the sap.  Boiling would weaken the "petals" of the
cones, plus leave the sap in the water, which you would have to deal with when
cleaning your pan.  A barbecue might work, but the cones might burn, also
making them fragile.

Nancy Dooley

"A cheerful look makes a dish a feast"...Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

 
 
 

pine cones

Post by Lori246 » Tue, 19 Sep 1995 04:00:00


Try baking the pinecones in  a 200 degree oven for about an hour to kill
any bugs.
Lori24601