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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Skinn, Nov 23, 2008.

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  1. Skinn

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    So I have had my sample of Super Cedar fire starters sitting on my mantle for a month or so now. Just got around to thinking about them today and tried one out. They are phenomenal, my avalon insert can be very hard to get a good draft on startup but the Super Cedars burned great and seemed to initiate the needed draft very well. I would highly recommend them and will be using them in the future. I can see how it would be nice to have a few around for my wife to use in case she needs to start a fire from a cold fire box, just to make it much easier on her. I may get some for the camper too, they would be nice to get a campfire going with I am sure.

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  2. My_3_Girls

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    Check the history of these wonders on this site. Most recommend either halving or quartering to save $$$ and they still work find in a stove. Open fire might be different, but still a great product.
  3. Skinn

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    Yeah I can see how 1/2 or 1/4 would be plenty as it seemed to burn forever, even after the wood was going strong I could see the Super Cedar burning in the middle of the stove so that was all wasted fire started!
  4. day52

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    Have been using them for a couple years. All my friends and relatives who have tried them think they are super too. As mentioned above, I have never used more than 1/2 a piece. Truly a good product that works as advertised. I keep 3 or 4 in the camper all the time.
  5. bruce56bb

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    i got hooked on them by the free sample pack. i've since gone through several orders of them.

    they are like meth......once you've started it, you cannot get off it:)
  6. kenny chaos

    kenny chaos Minister of Fire

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    Oh yes you can.
  7. mayhem

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    I got my free sample and liked them alot, if you look at them thye are notched in the middle and designed to be halved...and a half piece is more than enough to get even a stubborn fire going pretty easily.

    To be honest though, as well as they worked I opted to just use the Duraflame Firestart things. Basically the same thing (I'm sure they're not actually the same, but more importantly, the result is the same) as the supercedars, but with three key differences.

    1) I can buy them locally...hell the grocery stores carry them.
    2) They're designed to be lit inside their paper wrappers, so there is essentailly zero mess, the SS starters are a bit messy since you have to open them and halve them.
    3) They're 1/3 the price.

    That said, the SC starters work great and if you like them you should buy them, its great that you're also supporting a fellow member of this forum. They definitely start burning hotter alot faster than the duraflames, but 5-10 minutes either way makes no difference to me personally. Key for me is that my wife won't touch the SC starters with a 10 foot pole...if the fire goes out she'll light the oil burner, but she has no problem lighting the duraflames since its basically just like lighting a piece of paper.
  8. voith

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    What's in the Duraflame Logs? Hearthstone says not to use solid fire starters, something about sucking air out of your house and causing carbon monoxide issues???

    My husband thinks they may leave residue on the chimney pipe walls...

    Anybody with insight here?

    S.
  9. Jags

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    Blindness and sterility follow shortly. If you are using a small chunk as a fire starter, that will consume a very small amount of air (oxygen) compared to the "real" fire. I don't get that at all.

    I don't use the logs, but more the fire starter bricks that I break a chunk off of. I have also used supercedars, which could be considered a solid fire starter and they work great.
  10. voith

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    Our Free Sample of Super Cedars is on the way to us...

    I was reading about them and now I'm wondering if I can make my own solid fire starters using candle wax and sawdust. We've got plenty of sawdust form the leftover horse bedding and what do most people do with the tiny nubs of candles, especially table candles? Toss them in a can for "future use"?

    Ever tried mixing sawdust and candle wax for a homemade solid fire starter? What do you think, clean burn or a horrible mess?
  11. kenny chaos

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    Works great but it could get messy. A person who can afford shavings for their horse can afford fire starters if they really even need them.
  12. Stevebass4

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    1) true but 100 will last me at least the season and i order them in July

    2) there was a tip about breaking them up in a zip lock bag - no mess

    4) i break mine into fourths so i am not sure if the others are less expensive BUT SC seem to work much better for me
  13. Gooserider

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    There have been several threads about different versions of homemade firestarters, the Search function will find them, lots of different formulations, and that doesn't even mention the ones that have suggested drying and burning the "add-ins" you get from having horses stand around on your chips... :coolgrin:

    Gooserider
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    The SC starters are messy?? As compared to all that goes into splitting and stacking and moving and burning wood?? Hardly I say - the samples I got were great and I just have been too lazy to order more - and I still have some fatwood left. I just split the SC with my hatchet and dropped them in a bucket for future use. Buy a box and do them all at one time - what mess?
  15. mayhem

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    Well of course they're not messy compared to splitting and stacking wood. I don't think anyone said that.

    When I got my samples I noticed they had a nice conveneint hash mark for breaking them in half...so I grabbed it in two hands and broke it in half...and then I got out the broom to sweep up the small pile of crap that came off the breaking edge. I only had two so I didn't have the opportunity to experiment wiht different methods of halving or quatering them. To me, this is significantly messier than taking a paper bag out of a box and putting it in the stove.

    Sounds like you've got a good system that works well. Good advice. Breaking them in a ziplock baggie is also an excellent option.

    Liek I said before...I think they work really well...I just didn't think they work any better than the competitive product that I've tried.
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    I agree, they are easy to use, and work well, but so do some of the competing products (none of which we bought, all were given to us one way or another) and the competition's products don't need to be unwrapped, and break a bit more cleanly... I don't find the minor mess a problem, but it is still a mess...

    I don't have a big need for firestarters, as I mostly don't let our stove go out, and think there is nothing wrong w/ newspaper and kindling when it does, but I would certainly reccomend the SC's for those that want starters, along w/ any of the other products, mostly depending on which is least cost per fire...

    Gooserider
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    I have the same fire I started more than 4 weeks ago.
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    I never saw the tip on braking them in a zip-loc bag, I just started doing that of my own accord, because it made sense.

    MY TESTIMONIAL TO Super Cedar - The Company

    Great people to deal with! I gave a few to a friend who initially laughed at me for using them. He a 'paper & twigs' kind of guy. (He comes from an Old World Norwegian family) He finally tried them and called to tell me they're like crack, you know the analogy I'm going for here. SO I decided to order a case and have them sent to said friend as a surprise gift. (He delivers all my wood for free and leaves his splitter at my house about full time) Well, there was a screw-up with the order & the case came to my house instead of where it was supposed to go. I tried emailing them to ask if next time I should just order them to come to me & re-ship, but I got the old "mailbox is full" returned email, so I picked up the phone and called them about this. They pulled my order, said "hey man, we screwed up... we're shipping your friend a replacement order. Just keep that one for the inconvenience, because it'll cost too must to have it return shipped". How cool is that (?), not to mention the 'satisfy the customer' aspect of it. I do have to say that I was NOT calling to get a free case, nor had the though crossed my mind up to this point. I think this is a great company to deal with and will be buying and recommending their stuff for as long as I'm alive! I told them that because they were soo cool about the screw-up, I would be handing out those free ones locally as testimonial samples because I know anyone who tries them will love them and hopefully order more.

    I don't think you can beat this deal $64.00 DELIVERED for 400 lights? (100 per case, each broken into 4 pieces)

    That's my $0.02 worth.
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    As smokinj said, I am still on my first fire of the year. Almost let it go out in a warm spell a while back. Usually during the year there will be 8-10 times the fire goes out completely (Away for a few days, just want to clean the stove out completely, an extended warm spell, etc.). That is where these things shine. Also great for campfires--I know I am getting lazy. Between my son and I (he uses a lot more) we went through a box in a little over 2 years--I forgot I gave some (probably 20) away too. As mentioned these people are great to deal with--really worth something in this day and age. I just got the 2nd box this fall, but when they are gone, I will definitely reorder.
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    I used them to light an open fire in our fireplace (waiting for wood stove to be installed, and it's gettin' cold) and they worked great, even with less than perfectly seasoned wood. Wife says to order a bunch so here I go...
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    After getting my free samples, I was sold. Just ordered a box of 100.
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    I just buy a Duraflame log , unwrap it and with a paint scaper cut a few hunks off of it.
    On one $5.00 log I start a fire every night for 2 1/2 weeks. I have found that it works better
    than any of the "Firestarter bricks" I have come across.
  23. blujacket

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    Jersey, Send off for some free samples of Super Cedar's and you'll never use anything Duraflame again.
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    If you do the math, it's actually $0.16 worth per light. %-P
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    I just made some of the eggcarton, wax, and sawdust firestarters this last week. They work great. I tried some of the free Super Cedar starters and while they worked great, they were crumbly and messy. I have lots of sawdust from my wood shop, but was short on wax, so I put an ad in Craigslist for anyone with wax to give away. A guy called with 10 lbs of candle wax he didn't want ...had to drive 2 miles to pick up, but now I'll have firestarters for a lifetime (that is, if my cholesterol can handle all the eggs!).
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