After 2 minutes on high this is what they look like.
After 2 additional minutes this is what they looked like.
I stuffed the pine cones into a bag and went on my way.
**To make pine cone bird feeders, spread peanut butter, shortening, or lard on the pine cones. Sprinkle birdseed heavily onto it. Wrap yarn or twine around the fat end and hang on a tree. Enjoy watching the birds (and maybe a squirrel or two) eat their treat.