I'm a 24/7 burner . . . which makes things a bit easier during the main heating season . . . but since I heat mostly with wood in the Spring and Fall I have a lot of quick, hot fires which means more starting-from-scratch fires. That said . . . I'm also cheap . . . I bought the 30 pack which lasted me most of the winter (although I did light a few fires the "old fashioned" way once in awhile. As mentioned . . . you split them into quarters as that's all you should need to get most fires going.