“Dad, it’s like we have a cabin!” My 5 year old son was excited (to say the least) to have a campfire on a cool fall night in the backyard. In our family, campfires are traditionally reserved for weekends in the woods. On this particular night, we put the OneLogFire through its paces – roasting marshmallows and making s’mores, miles from the great outdoors.
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Appearance: When we received the OneLogFire, I honestly had to read – and then reread the instructions. I’ve built a few campfires in my day, and the OneLogFire looks nothing like the “teepee” or “log cabin” formats that I’ve become used to. It’s basically a kiln-treated log, with two holes drilled into it. One hole is centered on the top side of the log, and the other about 3/4 of the way down the face. On the top, a braided cord acts as a convenient handle to carry to your desired fire location. Inside the face hole, sits a candle-like wick that’s attached to a small block of fire starting material. I had the OneLogFire sitting on my desk before I took it home, and even our finicky graphic designer said the package was ‘cute‘. It really is (don’t tell anyone I said that). This would make a great gift for the outdoors person in your life. Honestly, it’d make a great house warming gift for the people who seem to have everything.
Ease Of Use: Like I mentioned above, I had to read the instructions multiple times. Not because they were bad, but because they were so simple. I can’t imagine the OneLogFire being any easier to use. I lit the wick, waited for the fire starter to ignite, and then simply stoked the fire gently. In no time, it was up and blazing – and we were cooking marshmallows.
Value: A single OneLogFire runs about $12.00. Here’s the way I look at it. By the time I cut wood, build a fire that I know my kids will use for about :30 minutes, light the fire, stoke the fire, and get the fire ready for roasting – I’ve spent way more than $12.00. The OneLogFire is a steal!