One of the items I took up North to try out were the Baddest Bee Fire Fuses.
As the name implies, they’re a ‘fuse’ for lighting fires in the outdoors. Made from a cotton material that’s impregnated with a wax type accelerant, they’re very easy to ignite with a Fire Steel. By my rough estimate, it burns at a rate of about an inch a minute.
I make it a practice to carry some pieces of Fatwood with me when I’m camping. The Fatwood makes lighting a fire so much easier particularly if you’re experiencing wet conditions and dry tinder isn’t easy to come by. It lights easily and burns for a long time. It’s perfect for getting your campfire going and the Fire Fuses are the perfect way to get things going.
After I stacked a bit of kindling (which was not cut particularly small), I shaved a piece of the Fatwood and inserted about an inch long piece of the Fire Fuse into a notch on the Fatwood.
A couple of strikes on the Fire Steel and we’ve got fire.
At this point, lay the Fatwood stick under the kindling and get the coffee pot ready!
I’m seriously impressed with the Fire Fuses for a couple of reasons. It’s easy to light with a Fire Steel, it’s very resistant to getting blown out by a breeze and it’s waterproof. It doesn’t take a whole lot to get things going, even if you have relatively damp kindling. But I really like the fact they used their head regarding the packaging.
Rather then just sticking a few pieces in a plastic bag, the manufacturer was bright enough to package it in a water resistant tube with caps on either end. The package of 8 fuses is small and easy to fit in a pocket. If your fingers are cold and stiff, simply pop the caps off both ends and push the fuses out from the opposite end. Cutting the 8 fuses into one inch lengths means about 24 fires per tube. And each package contains 3 tubes of 8!! Not a bad deal. I’m impressed and if you spend any time in the woods, I feel the product is well worth the price. Along with a Fire Steel, the Baddest Bee Fire Fuses make for an inexpensive bit of insurance should you need a quick fire to warm up or dry off.