Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks
The one positive is that, once fully engulfed, it does what it is advertised to do. The problem is that it DOES NOT light easily.!! In perfect conditions it will ignite with a zippo in 10 to 20 seconds and stay lit. The slightest breeze ,however, will blow it out. Anymore wind than that and it will take up to a full minute to ignite and another 30 seconds to become fully engulfed. When wet the process is twice as long. Birch bark and dry kindling are still the fastest way to go... DO NOT rely on this product for a quick ignite in an emergency situation.!!!!
January 10, 2007
Best Burn for the Buck
When used correctly, these fire sticks are amazing for the price! They burn for a long time, and are hard to extinguish once lit (which is great when it is windy).
The best tip I can give is to break the sticks up. You only need 1/3 or even 1/4 of a stick to start a fire, and if you make shavings you have a great addition to a fire bundle. They also start easier when you break them down (surface area = fire!).
I would recommend these for anyone considering a cheap, lightweight fire stick.
January 19, 2012
great fire sticks
my friend got some coghlan fire sticks for me because i can't start a fire well, the first time i used it i was excited they work great even soaked in water, i can start fires so fast now when camping my friends don't have time to crawl in their sleeping bags to get warm (to save some just break the sticks in half)
April 28, 2009
These fire sticks are a great thing to keep in your fire starting kit. I wouldn't rely on them to start a fire by themselves, but like dryer lint, good water proof matches, cotton balls dipped in vaseline, they make a good addition to any fire kit. Keep a few handy, you will be glad you did.
May 20, 2008