Cricket 5-Minute Firestarter

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by Motomom34, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I found some fire starters at the Dollar Tree. I think they were a mistake item because the boys have looked at 5 other Dollar Trees in the metro area and cannot find anymore. We checked on Amazon and these fire starters are 2 boxes for $10 but we got them for $1.00 per box at a Dollar Tree and bought all the boxes.

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    Cricket 5-Minute Firestarter come 20 in each box. These are great for starting a fire in my Rocket Stove. From the pictures, you can see that they are thick, strike- on- the- box and have a decent flame. These burn nicely. The box says they were made in Sweden and made of responsible sources. Not sure what responsible sources means but looks like a sawdust type product and some sort of binder product. I would not put food over it but wait till it had burned up then cook food.

    These are a product that is being placed in our bags and go bins because they will help start fires easily especially on windy days. These create a flame that will not be blown out easily.
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  2. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Coughlan's markets a similar fire starter. I got some at WalMart. But, you got a great deal!
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  3. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    We cleaned out the three dollar tree stores down here, yes, i think they may have been missordered or something. They do work well, I checked on line with their ordering system and they do not show a listing!
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  4. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Me: So, MM, how many boxes did you buy, exactly?
    MM: 4,273, Paul. :D
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  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    LOL! we only got 15 boxes but we are still checking out Dollar Trees in other areas. We are stocking up for the Apocalypse so 15 boxes won't do. :)
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  6. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    Looks pretty cool
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  7. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Just FYI you can make something very much like these without the strike on box capability if you need to, you case the poo hits the fan and stuff. Some people have used an old caulking gun or built a press out of spare parts, but all it really takes is a little ingenuity and time. You will need some combustible material, I've found magazines, newspapers, flyers and whatever paper material you have around will work well. I use a paper shredder, but you could rip it all up into small pieces by hand if you had to. Alternatively, you could also use sawdust and mix it with the paper in just about any ratio you require. I soak the newspaper in a large bucket or tub and mash it a little, then add it to the form (again use whatever you have on hand). I used a metal cupcake sheet and pressed down with a plastic bottle to force out the water. Let the pucks dry for a few days and store them in a dry place to avoid mold. You can dry them completely in the sun and then vacuum seal them, too. I like to coat them with paraffin wax, and I believe the sawdust version of these will require some wax. You can add these to any fire to serve as a very good starter.

    Here's an example or two I found:

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  8. Fairly labor intensive, but you can't charge yourself for your own time. I like those mods, great idea, great video. A person could lay by a bunch of those bricks in a small space.
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  9. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    ya BUT you can buy the others for $1 with no effort.... js ;D
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  10. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Your all still pissing money away .
    Pellet wood fuel ,bag is 5 bks, soak bag outside with a pint /500ml of paint thinner / solvent & the seal in a old large plastic quart / 1L container & then to start a fire , use the wood fueled bits . two hand fulls to start all Ive done . NO BOOM or flash , just slow & it catches the secondary fuel / wood .

    For real I needed to type this out ? HERE

    Sloth 20 years old . info
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  11. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I don't think 20 fire starters for a buck is a waste of money. They are strike on the box. Just throw a pack in your glove box or back pack and it is easy-peasy fire starting. It is a cool product that I had never seen. We still have our fire starting skills and the kid is talking about making more char cloth but I introduced this topic as a item that is quick and easy. Plus I got it really cheap.
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  12. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Yeah, it's a great deal! I would get some if I didn't already have a ton of fatwood and other firestarting items on hand and stocked up.
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