Product Type: Other Brands in Homeware
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'The Heart of a Fire'
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Advantages: Work every time, easy, and cheap.
Disadvantages: Smell strong and are a bit messy.
We recently moved into a home with a wood / coal burner in the front living room. I've always fancied one, they make the home seem a lot cosier - due to both the added heat of the fire, and the smokey, woody fragrance of the fuel, which resonates through the air vent. The whole image of a wood burner blazing beneath the chimney stack, with the cold of winter rattling against the windows, and all the family huddled by the flames, is a very pleasant one. There's a little bit of skill involved of course, when trying to get the fire going. Without a chunk of firelighter I think I'd find it near impossible to get mine lit, even with crisp, dry wood and kindling.
The packaging is essentially a thin cardboard box (complete with 'safety information' [flammable, etc] and 'usage instructions' - a 3 step guide to lighting your fire), and a tear-able plastic bag within - containing the firelighters. It is a ZIP product, and scribed beneath the company name is their motto -'the heart of a fire': not the catchiest of statements. These are the 'original firelighter' variety, and the product its self is a grey colour with specks of black embedded inside. Holding the firelighter, you get a fine, gritty substance on your fingers. The smell of the product is strong and petrol-y. It crumbles easily in your hands, so one tablet can be ripped in two. At the end of a bag, crumbled bits will be left that you can chuck into the flame to give your blaze an extra kick.
Place one or two chunks of the firelighter at the base of your wood burner. Add easy burning kindling on top, whilst leaving an alcove for your hand and lighter to fit through. Light the firelighter - 3 seconds of a match or lighter held to the material will light it, and the flame will gradually spread across the firelighters surface. Once the kindling has caught, add small logs and then larger logs until a substantial amount is present. Shut the door and put the vent fully open until the flames grow large, then bring the vent half / fully shut until the flames reach a pleasant level. You should only need to use one firelighter a night, there are packs of 15 and 30 - so depending on how much you use, that's up to a months worth of material. This product is extremely easy to use. It can also be used to start barbaques and coal fires, using similar technique.
Essentially, this product does the trick, it does what it says on the front. As the packaging tells us, the firelighters are: Powerful, Reliable, and Long Burning. I'm not too sure on the long-burning side of things, they seem to last for a few minutes but this is enough to catch the wood / coal within - maybe it's that I'm burying my firelighter early on in the process and not realizing it's continued to burn. They are certainly powerful and reliable, and that's what counts. A recommendable product.
PRICE: £2.50 for a pack of 30.
AVAILABILITY: Tesco stores and online. 18+
Summary: Bring some 'natural' warmth to your home.
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