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Product Review: Meker Fire Starters

Meker Fire Starters
You get tumbleweed-style and brick-style starters


Not so long ago, Weber Lighter Cubes and Royal Oak Tumbleweeds were pretty much the only two fire starter products you saw in the grill section of a general merchandise or home improvement store.

Now there are many fire starter choices on the store shelves, including several copycat products.

I used to be a newspaper and charcoal chimney guy, but since fire starter products are readily available, super convenient, and cheap, I hardly use my chimney anymore.

Today I'm reviewing one of those newer products, Meker Premium All Purpose Fire Starters.

You get a mix of tumbleweed-style starters (a copycat version of what Royal Oak makes) and some brick-style starters.  I like the mix, it's multi-purpose.  The tumbleweeds are ideally suited for lighting charcoal, and the bricks are best suited for lighting kindling and logs which means you don't have to buy two products.   The Meker product serves all grilling, campfire, and fireplace needs. Both styles have a burn time of 8 to 10 minutes according to the packaging, but the tumbleweed is larger and puts out a bigger, broader flame, which is what makes it superior to lighting charcoal over the little brick.  In other words, the tumbleweed is going to start a larger number of briquets or lumps vs. the little brick.

Made from paraffin wax and sawdust, it's an all-natural product, so it's non-toxic and there's no risk of fume-tasting food - hello lighter fluid rookies and putting food on the grill before the coals are ready...  I'll just come out and say it, lighter fluid sucks and so does matchlight style charcoal.  There's absolutely no need to use lighter fluid or pay more for matchlight charcoal when there are fire starter products so readily available and every bit as convenient when it comes to starting a fire.

Costing me $10.74 for a 32-count box, I'm giving Meker Fire Starters 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  The out-of-pocket expense is a tad higher than other products, but you do get more starters per package.  The popular package count for Royal Oak Tumbleweeds is 16 and Weber Cubes is 24.  The per-use cost breakdown for Meker falls in line with the others, with a window of $0.33 - $0.45 depending on how many you choose to use to start a fire.  Weber for example, recommends you use two cubes, but I say that's just to get you to burn through (pun intended) product faster, hello replacement purchase...  But I digress.  You can't go wrong with these, especially if you're a multi-kind of fire person, who grills, goes camping, and/or has a wood-burning pizza oven or a fireplace.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related: No charcoal chimney necessary when using Tumbleweeds to fire up the grill

Related: Using newspaper to start your charcoal is good, but Weber Lighter Cubes are even better


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