Testing out InstaFire’s Best Fire Starter
About the company
The idea for InstaFire came in 2007 by the founder Konel Banner during a mountain man rendezvous in Ogden, Utah. At the meetup someone lit a volcanic rock on fire and that sparked his amazing idea. Having seen a few natural disasters first hand, Konel knew there was a need for a sweet new fire starter. Soon after he met his co-developer Frank Weston and they worked on the idea that was to become InstaFire for about nine months. Once InstaFire was complete, the team was featured on the TV show Shark Tank. So go ahead and check out their website: https://www.InstaFire.com
As great as the product was. There were a few issues. First, InstaFire is bulky compared to other fire starters. It comes in a huge bag similar to freeze dried meals. Second the packaging wasn’t designed environmentally friendly. The bag is not biodegradable, recyclable, or burnable. One of the issues with granules, it’s very easy to spill or have a strong wind make a mess of you work. Finally, be prepared to stir because you won’t get maximum burn life if you don’t.
This would be a great product for a doomsday or an emergency prepper because of size not being the biggest problem. But one bag can be used for four different fires if used properly. They also have InstaFire in larger containers for emergency fuel. They have also created a charcoal starter for easy bbq. The charcoal starter has a burnable package which I hope they implement with InstaFire to make the already great product better.
We really like this product. It lights very easy and burns. But for hiking, backpacking, or bug out bag there are a few better options where size is a priority. Although for a natural disaster kit for your home where space isn’t as much of an issue this would be an amazing product to have around.