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FIREPLACE LOG SOLUTION
by Hartson Dowd
11/14/04
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For making the Fireplace logs YOU will need:

* stacks of old newspapers.
* tuna cans or wire
* ˝ gallon water plastic tub or dishpan
* 2 tablespoons lime
* 2 tablespoons vinegar
* 2 tablespoons salt substitute
* 1 tablespoon bluestone (copper sulfate)

How to Make It:

1. Fold newspapers in half, making a stack 1 inch high for each log, and roll as tightly as possible into logs.
2. Slip each log into a tuna can that has both ends cut out, or fasten log with wire. Do not tie with string. The string will burn and might allow the pieces of newspaper to go up the chimney.
3. Pour water into tub.
4. In a bowl, mix the lime and vinegar. Add to the water.
5. Then add salt substitute and bluestone.
6. Soak the rolls of newspaper in the solution for 3 to 4 weeks.
7. Dry logs thoroughly before storing. This will take several days, depending upon the weather or climate.

How to Use It:

These logs will burn with a green flame.
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COLORFUL BURNING PINECONES

You will Need:

* 1-1/2 gallons hot water
* 3 plastic or ceramic containers, one for each color
* ˝ pound copper sulfate (for green flame)
* ˝ pound boric acid (for crimsone flame)
* ˝ pound calcium chloride (for yellow or yellow-orange flame)
* Pinecones

WARNING: Keep the solution out of reach of small children or Pets as the chemicals can be toxic.

How to Make It:

1. Pour ˝ gallon of hot water into each container.
2. Add one chemical to each container of hot water.
3. Stir until chemicals are dissolved.
4. Add pinecones and soak overnight,
5. Allow pinecones to dry thoroughly in warm dry air for 2 days.

How to Use It:

Add cones to the fire two or three at a time.
The colorful flames will last only a short time.

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COLORED FLAME SOLUTION

You will need:

* 1-1/2 pounds rock salt
* 1/3 gallon water
* 2 pounds of one of the following chemicals:
Calcium chloride (orange flame)
Potassium chloride (purple flame)
Copper chloride (blue flame)
Strontium nitrate (red flame)
Copper sulphate (emerald green)
Lithium chloride (carmine)
* Small plastic tub or dishpan
* Stacks of old newspapers and heavy string; or pinecones; or wood chips and a mesh bag.

WARNING: Keep chemicals and flame solution out of the reach of children & pets!

How To Make It: -

1. Mix salt, water, and one of the chemicals in the plastic tub/
2. Fold several sheets of newspaper in half and roll into compact logs.
3. Using heavy string, tie logs securely, but not too tightly, because they will swell when they soak.
4. Soak the logs in the chemical solution for 3 weeks. Turn them frequently.
5. Remove logs from the solution and let dry completely before burning. This can take a week or more, depending on how damp the air is.

To Treat PINECONES or Wood Chips:
1. Place cones or wood chips in a mesh bag, such as a plastic onion or potato bag.
2. Mix 1 pound of chemical in 1 gallon of water in a plastic tub.
3. Submerge the bag of cones or wood chips in the solution and weight it down with a brink or stone to prevent it from floating.
4. Soak for ten to 15 minutes.
5. Pour out onto newspapers to dry overnight.

How To Use It:

When you burn these “logs” in your fireplace, each chemical produces a different colored flame.
2. Double or triple the recipe to make large quantities of logs or pinecones.

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Helen Dowd  15 Nov 2004
This sounds like it would be a good project for older children. Sounds good, getting this ready for the time of year when fireplaces are great to cozy up around. Love your craft idea.




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