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The Best Fire Starters On The Market

Updated on November 4, 2013

We live in a 157 year old house which, although always interesting, is always cold in the winter. The foot thick horse hair plaster walls keep this old house cooler in summer and cooler in the winter too so we rely a lot on the wood stove and fires to keep us warm and toasty.

Fire starters make starting the wood stove a snap. And, I've tried every single fire starter on the market - from the mini fire logs, to the thing you fill with lighter fluid and put in the bottom of the woodstove, to wax covered fancy pinecones. None of those fires starters get close to matching the Rutland Safe Lite Fire Starter Squares.

The Rutland Fire Starter Squares not only start a fire the first time a match comes near, but they're incredibly cheap to use. I usually get a roaring fire going with just one or two small squares. You can use more, but you sure don't need to. And, I'm not the only reviewer with this experience - just click that picture to the right and see what other reviewers have to say. And, did I mention that they're cheap?!

These fire starters work equally well with a campfire when we're out in our travel trailer camping. We usually load up the fire ring with small twigs and pile a few larger logs on top. We then strategically place 3 or 4 squares around the fire - it takes a few more of the fire starter squares to start a roaring campfire.

These fire starters would be a great Christmas stocking stuffer for anyone who loves a good fire. So, get on it - buy a few boxes.

Here's a few other good fire starters - we use fat wood periodically but it's more expensive than the

Lightning Nuggets N100SEB Firestarters Super Economy Box of Fire-Starting Nuggets, 100 Count
Lightning Nuggets N100SEB Firestarters Super Economy Box of Fire-Starting Nuggets, 100 Count

I've used these lighting nuggets before also and they work almost as well as the fire starter squares. They are more expensive though.

 
Camco 57549 Olympian GM-3X Gas Match
Camco 57549 Olympian GM-3X Gas Match

This is a great refillable butane lighter. The long length makes it easy to light any fire safely, including pilot lights that are usually hard to reach.

 
Wood Products 9910 Fatwood Box, 10 Pounds
Wood Products 9910 Fatwood Box, 10 Pounds

Fat wood works well to start a fire although it's a bit harder for me to get a blaze going using this.

 

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My woodstove creates a roaring blaze and can get my living room up to 90 degrees in short order.I love this picture I took of our campfire.I took this photo using the watercolor feature of my camera.
My woodstove creates a roaring blaze and can get my living room up to 90 degrees in short order.
My woodstove creates a roaring blaze and can get my living room up to 90 degrees in short order.
I love this picture I took of our campfire.
I love this picture I took of our campfire.
I took this photo using the watercolor feature of my camera.
I took this photo using the watercolor feature of my camera.

Do you love a good fire. I'm pretty sure I have some pyromania inside as I love messing with a fire. I also love reading reader comments so give them up!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      sounds like a good product