Natural Orange Peel Firelighters, Recycling

A few months ago my hubby, Richard gifted me with an amazing book called A Farm in my Heart such a fantastic book in every way… In this book they spoke about making natural firelighters from orange peels and we decided to make some. We juice so many oranges each day so this is a perfect way to recycle these peelings. When we juice oranges it is easier to just cut them in half and juice manually. Remove as much of the left over pulp as you can after you are finished juicing. I just lined all the halves up on our window box and let the sun do its magic for a few weeks. When they were sufficiently dry and hard, so that no more moisture was evident, I put the halves into the empty orange bags and hung these outside for a few days. We are using them now to light our fires and they give off a heavenly citrusy perfume when they are burning. It is really cold here in the Southern Hemisphere at the moment, I am definately looking forward to Spring…
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28 Responses to Natural Orange Peel Firelighters, Recycling

  1. Shannon July 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    what a fabulous idea! i love the smell of citrus. i might go have a little peek at that book too. xS

  2. Tammy July 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    What a great idea!!!

  3. Linda July 13, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    Dear Shannon,
    It really is a wonderful book:)
    Take care
    Linda

  4. Sunshine Mama July 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    What a great idea! Hopefully I can have them done and dried before camping season ends here.
    Stephanie

  5. Elizabeth July 13, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    This is such a great idea. Too hot for fires here in New Hampshire at the moment, but winter is long and cold when it arives. I love the thought of cirtus filling the house in the dead of winter. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings, Elizabeth

  6. TulsiLeaf July 13, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    Hmmmm. That sounds amazing!

    I wish it got cold enough for a fire down here in florida.

  7. softearthart July 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    What a great idea, I will do this cheers Marie

  8. Homesteadgirl July 14, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    This is wonderful! The idea of a fire right now kills me, but I’ll start saving and drying our orange peels now for the winter days that will surely come…we have a kitchen woodstove that we use in the fall…can’t wait to smell citrus wafting from it!

  9. Dawn July 14, 2010 at 1:57 am #

    I love this idea! I bet it smells heavenly.

  10. Cheryl July 14, 2010 at 1:59 am #

    We do this with all the citrus fruit. I put it on the back of our stove to dry and the kitchen smells good. Then I use it on the fire and it smells good there too.

  11. Erin July 14, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    What a great idea! I’d imagine the aroma would be quite lovely :)

  12. Yarn Miracle July 14, 2010 at 4:08 am #

    Neat!

  13. Joy July 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    What a great idea! I love the shot with all the empty oranges lined up. :) I hope you stay warm!

  14. renee ~ heirloom seasons July 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    That is a great idea, how nice they must smell, and how pretty they look all lined up in a row.
    I love the title of that book!
    Renee :)

  15. Rachel Rubow July 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    Oh this just sounds wonderful!! The smell of oranges and a fire….the two go so well together. I’m going to have to try to remember this when our winter comes :) and we’re sitting by the woodstove.

    Sounds like a great book as well! One to put on my list of books to read.

  16. Abbie July 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    I was just reading about homemade christmas presents over at Green’s Going Green (another blog!) and this would be a great christmas present idea!
    Not building fires right now but I will start saving my orange peels for the days of cooler temperatures.

  17. Kelly July 15, 2010 at 1:59 am #

    Hi dear Linda
    A great idea! I really must get myself a copy of that book. It really appeals to me!
    Keep extra warm and cosy.
    Love Kelly

  18. Moment to Moment July 16, 2010 at 4:06 am #

    What a wonderful idea, I have never tried this I must start saving for the winter, hard to imagine you freezing as we are so hot here now.

  19. WonderWhyGal July 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    I can just smell the oranges while you describe the project. Thank you.

  20. K July 18, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Delighted. Oranges are cool and sweet in our summer, but yummy for nose and body in winter. My husband’s parents lived in Los Angeles and had orange trees in their yard. They won’t grow here. Thank heaven for the trucks that bring these things up to us in the mountains from the hot coasts -

  21. earthboysblog August 4, 2010 at 3:02 am #

    We have rows and rows of citrus trees. We give the orange rinds to our cows as it’s a natural deworming. The oils are used as a natural insecticide. I’ve never tried them as firelighters, I wonderful refreshing way to use them, my boys will be delighted, they just love making fires…and I’ve just ordered the book. Thanks Linda!

  22. earthboysblog August 4, 2010 at 3:03 am #

    We have rows and rows of citrus trees. We give the orange rinds to our cows as it’s a natural deworming. The oils are used as a natural insecticide. I’ve never tried them as firelighters, I wonderful refreshing way to use them, my boys will be delighted, they just love making fires…and I’ve just ordered the book. Thanks Linda!

  23. Bec August 6, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    wow what a great idea! Thanks. I love your blog and my family and I have had many hours of enjoyment after being inspired by your blogs and tutorials xx

  24. Baa-Me Kniits September 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    I love this idea!!! Thanks for sharing :-)

  25. Crystal October 29, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    Love it..i am going to share:)
    Thank you!!

  26. Anonymous October 31, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    DYK orange is a migraine trigger? Please, please check if you’re having friends round before you put orange onto a fire.

  27. jen November 2, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    awesome idea. i’m trying to imagine the aroma – it must be heavenly!

  28. dionne July 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Great idea! Now I just need an orange tree…

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