“ Light the wrapper and sit back and enjoy the crackle of a fire! „
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.