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    Highly recommended fire starters from Melt

    I bought these back in January on a whimj ust to try out. I LOVE them. I now use them over the Weber cubes which had been my favorites. If you use 1 you have 160 starters for <$15 (on sale currently). I use 2 just because, and well, that's still 80 uses. Heckuva deal.

    They remind me of small, stale, soft graham crackers. They are of course compressed cardboard-like sawdust with a little paraffin wax. They break/rip easy and there's usually a rough break so the edges light easy, even with one of those electric lighters.

    They burn about 7 or 8 minutes, maybe longer. Close to a Weber cube's burn length, but when they're gone they're gone- there's no burnt husk left like with a cube.

    From the Melt Candle Company, the makers of Tumbleweeds. Give 'em a go, I bet you'll like 'em too.

    $14.44 - Link: https://www.amazon.com/Melt-Candle-C...mazingribs--20



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    #2
    I guess they melt in the fire not in your hand?

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      #3
      I don't use that brand but mine are similar and I also love them.

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      • Mark V
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        I use Masterbuilt and they are also similar, I also like this type of firestarter. Best of all for me, the Masterbuilts are available in my local Walmart, I haven't seen these other brands here. One thing I have found is they don't light up completely quite as fast as a Weber cube, but a kitchen torch helps with that.

      #4
      Wok burner under the chimney works a treat if it's available

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      • Huskee
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        Lots of ways to light a chimney. For occasions where you can't do that- such as when lighting a pile of coals inside a Slow 'N Sear, or when otherwise not using a chimney or not having access to a burner, these are great.

      #5
      Unlike the Weber cubes, you are much better off lighting these before putting charcoal on top of them. First couple of times I used them, I was ready to pitch the rest of the box straight into the trash. Once I learned the trick, they work great.

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        #6
        I have been working on my original box of Rutland squares for a while and I agree the design and overall concept is great. It looks like a lot more square type firestarters are available now so I’d be happy to give Melt a shot for my next box.

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        • Huskee
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          I have zero complaints about these for what it's worth. I am very impressed. I haven't tested their water resistant claim though.

        #7
        How do you like these with the Masterbuilt gravity feed? I really like Tumbleweeds, but a lot of times they are too fat to fit in the charcoal grate.

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        • STEbbq
          STEbbq commented
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          I tried the Weber cubes for a while. They worked fine in terms of lighting but created a massive mess. The dust as someone else mentioned plus basically having to break them into little bits to fit.

        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          I use Fatwood sticks with my Gravity, they just work too darn good for me to use other stuff.

        • Steve R.
          Steve R. commented
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          Huskee, I find the fatwood sticks put off too much dirty black smoke for my liking. It doesn't matter much when lighting charcoal in any other situation, but I follow the MB lighting instructions and close it up and let the fan do the work once the lighter is fully lit. It's probably fine, but I can't get past that in my mind.

        #8
        I have used those and they are quick starters compared to Rutland starters. They are more brittle and smaller than Rutland, but also less expensive. I use an old tuna can to start them with a chimney.

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        • Huskee
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          I like it! When using a non-Weber I just set it in the chimney's basket but as we all know you can't with Weber's chimneys.

        • hoovarmin
          hoovarmin commented
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          That's a really cool trick.

        • Oak Smoke
          Oak Smoke commented
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          I still use Rutland. All these that are so similar are just so much easier and much less messy than the others I’ve seen.

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ID:	1219344they look very similar to the ones I've been using from Lowes...
        similar price point as well, so may give these a go if Lowes is ever out of stock

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        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          Yes, those look quite a bit thicker though. These are thinner. Otherwise same thing.

        #10
        Huskee Are these cleaner than the Weber cubes? What I mean is, with Weber cubes there is always little bits of wax that fly everywhere when popping them out of the package.

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        • STEbbq
          STEbbq commented
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          I have never noticed any dust/crumbles with the Rutland squares.

        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          Yes, there's none of that. You might get a little dust or maybe some crumbs from breaking them apart, but nowhere near the waste as with cubes. Much less packaging waste too.

        • fzxdoc
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          Hold them over the chimney or cooker when popping them out of the package. Nothing to clean up that way.

          Kathryn

        #11
        Thanks for the suggestion. I have two Weber cubes left and I was just gonna order some more. I’ll try these instead.

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          #12
          I've been using Tumbleweeds lately to light my charcoal and like them a lot. I just might give the "graham cracker" style fire starters a try the next time I order up some fire starters.

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          • Huskee
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            I have some Tumbleweeds but haven't used 'em yet. I liked these so much I kept going straight to them. I love how handy they are for me personally. The box is about as big as a thick encyclopedia and there's 160 of those buggers in there. Less packaging waste and storage room needed than the Weber cubes. Although the cubes will still light when soaking wet, so they are still in my rotation for their strengths.

          #13
          Thanks Huskee , I ordered some to try out.

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            #14
            Thanks Huskee I am in.

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              #15
              Thanks, I was just about to order new Weber cubes as well - 2 boxes of these will be at the house tonight!

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              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
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                Let me know what you think.

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