Cricket Five Minute Firestarter is a new product that is making it’s way to the top with it’s new extraordinary design and technology. Now granted there are many types of fire starters on the market, most of which has been around for many years that have much to contend with from any new product. But this product I tested myself and I must say the first thing I noticed was that the product was wrapped in a neat little, eye catching box protected from the elements with plastic wrap.
At a closer look I noticed that the box had a striker on the side, much like the strikers you see on ordinary match boxes. After opening the product I noticed that it was actually two in one! Not only did the product contain the firestarter sticks, but on the end of every fire stick is a large match head. How convenient is that? This product is your matches and fire sticks in one, it is lightweight and affordable and easily protected further from the elements on the trail with a zip lock bag. Lightweight enthusiasts will surely love the compact design and convenience buffs will love the combination of matches with fire starter sticks.
How the product works was easy as counting from 1-3. You simply take a firestarter stick, strike the large head on the side of the box and lay the fire stick on the ground under some medium sized sticks, wood pieces. The product does what it says, it burns for five minutes before going out. In five minutes if your wood is not burning then you need new wood! The product also says it starts fires with no kindling, this was found to be true and the first thing I tested actually. Where I live is a prime testing grounds for this product.
My family and I live off the grid, we cook our food over an open campfire in the warm months and over a wood burning box stove during in the cold months. We tested this product in real time. Usually when I start my fires I take paper, ball it up, a good amount, then add on kindling and light. After the fire gets burning good I toss on some medium size fuel and there you go, a nice hot fire. With the Cricket Five Minute Firestarter all I used was some small wood chunks off a few logs I had split, approximately 16 inches long, propped at one end on another small half log. I placed one fire starter under the wood and in five minutes it was burning rapidly.
I did notice one negative flaw with the product. For us, it seems the fire sticks were very hard to separate from each other. This made the task painful to fingers and caused a small amount of aggravation. One very interesting note, however, we left the Cricket Five Minute Firestarter in the rain accidentally. The next morning we were not able to use the striker on the side of the box as the rain had made the box too soft to strike on, but the fire sticks actually struck fine and burned with no problem! I am not even sure the company realizes that their product may be somewhat water resistant but for us, it was a breath of fresh air to see that they still struck and burned fine.
On your next hiking trip, why not ditch the matches and fire sticks and go with the two in one combination called Cricket Five Minute Firestarter and see for yourself the decency of the product. It truly lives up to its name! For me, on our next hiking trip, this fire starter will be the replacement we have been looking for.