Rated 5 out of 5 by PaulinMontana As advertised
I ordered this Honduran 'fatwood' after trying some given to me by a friend. He used it to kindle his wood stove, and a box lasted him 3 years.
I run two wood stoves for 5-6 months every year. Normally, I harvest my own 'pitch wood' to use as fire starters. But to gather as much wood as is in this 25# box would take an entire summer.
The batch I received from L.L. Bean was excellent. The sticks lit like a candle with a single wooden match.
Normally, I need to keep the door to one of my stoves slightly ajar for ventilation to get the standard kindling going. With this 'fatwood', I can light 2 sticks, add 2-3 pieces of kindling, load the stove, close the door and walk away.
I'm very satisfied with how much work this wood will save me, both in gathering my own, and splitting mountains of kindling.
February 26, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by ChathamNC Hard to light
I was very disappointed with the quality of this fatwood. Before I bought this, I'd been using the remains of an old tree by my house, had purchased some from a woodcutter, and also bought some from a hardware store. All of them lit very well and helped keep things going like an armload of kindling. I have found the LL Bean fatwood really disappointing. It is difficult to get started, has a fragile flame that is extinguished with the smallest breath of air, and just doesn't do the trick the way the other types of fatwood have in the past. For me it has almost been the same as a small piece kindling. I won't be buying this next year.
February 25, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by sunnyorm harder starting
i must admit, it was many years from my last use of flatwood, however, i seem to recall the fatwood lighting easier and quicker.
am purchasing again, so it must be ok overall.
February 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mike111222333444 Great Product
Cavemen used fatwood and I just found out about it a few years ago. So easy to use and one to two sticks will start a fire. Of course you'll need more if your wood is wet. It comes from Central America because the U.S. has nearly wiped out the longleaf pine. I was surprised to find this at L.L. Bean and at a very good price.
February 8, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by yankee15613 fatwood
I have bought at least 5 box's of fatwood from you over the last 3yrs. However I did not order two of them myself,my brother bought the first two for me.I really liked it a lot . It let easy and started my fire fast and easy,however the last 35 lb box I got I share d with a friend who told me it was very hard to lite. I couldn't believe it so I got the box out(I am still using the box I got in Dec. I was dumbfounded he is right. This box is very hard to light. I even lit one of my cancels in a jar and set it on the top. It took at least 3min to lite. I can't hold a lighter that long it gets two hot and burnt my finger.I hope in the future I get better product then I got this time.
February 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by BeanFanBoy Fatwood Works - perfectly and quickly
We have an "overnighter" woodstove. That means you load it up at bedtime and when (we) get up at 5:45, there's still a bed of coalls - but not enough to really stay warm in the kitchen. Toss in a stick or two, add a log or two, open the draft, forget about it. The fire will restart in less than a minute, and the fatwood burn long enough to really get it going. It's perfect and virtually labor-free kindling folks, and every stick is worth the modest price - expecially when your kneeling in front of the woodstove at 5:45 in your robe...but without your boots. Get a box.
February 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CattailJim Simply put: the best
I purchased two 25 or 35 pound boxes a little over a year ago.......just opened the first box last month and THESE ARE THE BEST fatlighter I have bought in years....ok decades. Lots of resin/sap, light quickly, and only takes one or two to get a blazing fire going in my Buckstove and am online today to get at least another two boxes for the LONG RUN future.......jim.....and with LLBeans reputation for satisfaction and quality.......how can I loose????? PS. This is the cheapest delivered per pound price in the 35 pound box anywhere.......OK I think I am finished.
January 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Keepingdry We have been buying this for years!
Great product! We keep a box in the garage and then restock the darling wooden box I bought from the Home Store in Freeport. Perfect to help particularly if your wood isn't well seasoned, which sometimes it's not in South Carolina.
January 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by tonyb148 They work!
Love these little fatwood sticks. You just need a few placed over some newspaper and under logs or firebricks to get a blazing fire going. They help to keep us warm all winter. Wouldn't be without them.
December 30, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by AZBC Fatwood from Honduras
First of all- Wood sticks from Honduras when we have fantastic fatwood all over the USA!
Secondly- It requires a propane torch to light most of the sticks! Very little resin content in this box of wood. I'm very disappointed in the product. I bought them to HELP light the fireplace which we use to heat our home. Bad choice....yours and mine! I
December 30, 2013