Where to buy...
You can buy this in a variety of places, including Tesco, garden centres, Mole Valley Farmers - all sorts of places.
Prices do vary. They are currently £3.10 in Tesco, which is very expensive. I've seen them on sale for anything between £2.80 and £3.10.
How they work...
Basically, you put the log, fully wrapped, into your burner or open fire. You set light to the paper which is wrapped around the log, and that is it.
No need for fire lighters, kindling or anything else.
It says they last for 2 hours. I would say a little bit less. The heat they give off is reasonable for their size.
I have a medium multi fuel stove. During the snow at the beginniong of 2010, i bought about 10 of these altogether. I used them on the nights i got home late and didn't want to set a whole fire up. These are low maintenance, little clean up, and are good for a few hours. This system worked really well for me.
You couldn't use these as your only fuel unless you were very wealthy! They're handy and low maintenance, so ideal when you're short on time. Keep a few in the cupboard for emergency cold spells!
I like these, they're handy, easy to use, safe and functional, however, they are relatively expensive for what they are.
In a previous review of fire products I have labelled myself a lazy firestarter. This remains true, however, it doesn't detract from the fact that I enjoy the sights and sounds that accompany a fire in the grate.
The Zip Cracklelog is a step up from instant light logs because as well as being simple to light just by touching a lit match to the paper wrapping at either end of the log, and in addition to leaving behind only a fine layer of soot, the log also provides a musical accompaniment! Shortly after being lit the log begins to hiss and crackle, embodying the ambience a real fire provides. Where instant light firelogs fail to pull off the full real fire experience, the cracklelog burns beautifully whilst also creating an atmosphere of sizzles, pops and snaps. I'm happy to sit by the fire with one of these logs burning and a nice glass of red wine to hand. No need for telly, just sit and watch the fire.
Each log is made from sawdust and high quality wax blended together. This sounds nasty, but it means that the log burns cleanly, leaves little mess behind and emits a pleasant smell. The logs generally burn for a little over 2 hours. They do not create a great deal of heat and it is recommended that you only burn one at a time. On cold nights I still have to use the central heating, but I find these ideal for the last couple of hours before I go to bed, when I want a bit of adult atmosphere and have turned the heating down to make the sleeping environment more comfortable for the slumbering ones upstairs.
At £2.69 per log from Tesco I do not use these very often, but I certainly appreciate the difference between these and cheaper, silent instant light logs.