We rely on the FireLighter for Bryn Brook Manor’s five fireplaces and outdoor fire pit.
October 18 saw Cooperstown’s first snow of the 2018-19 winter season, more than two months before the first day of winter. It was a sugar doughnut dusting, gone before noon, but a promise of the inevitable. During an Upstate New York winter, staying warm is an art form. We use all
manner of thermal sources: fossil fuels, electricity, not nearly enough wind and solar, and the traditional wood. The old saw is that wood keeps you warm three times: when you cut and split it, when you stack it, and lastly when you burn it.
Starting a fire isn’t nearly as simple as it looks. It may be a base level merit badge, but tapping into Prometheus’ gift takes the right components and a practiced hand. When I see the tourists buy expensive wood bundles at the gas stations, I’m curious if they get back to their rentals and wonder why a lighted match doesn’t set a split log ablaze.
We endorse the reliably effective Adirondack Firestone FireLighter for nearly effortless fire starting, A sustained small blaze is critical to creating the larger fire that warms, and even the experienced Upstater knows the frustration of the lack of tinder or stubborn kindling. The porous head of the FireLighter wand solves the problem. After it absorbs smokeless candle oil, roll it in ashes, light it, and it burns for 15-20 minutes, allowing the smaller wood to catch, ensuring a successful fire. Instructions.
CAUTION: Make sure the FireLighter is completely cool before placing it back into the oil canister.
Upstate winters in full glory look like a picture postcard, a Hollywood set. Snow blankets the rolling hills, the moonlight glows blue in reflection. Pine tree stands look slathered in vanilla buttercream, stone fireplaces roar next to snifters of brandy. That’s how it looks. It feels bloody cold. Not just “let’s put on a pot of soup” chilly. Not “now I can wear my new plaid scarf” brisk. Bone chilling, feet numbing, pipe freezing cold. A daunting Upstate winter demands all the warmth, charm, and romantic ambience we can get. We don’t need to fight stubborn wood. Adirondack Firestone, based in Syracuse, NY, made in the USA, makes winter less stressful. Spend the bucks once and ensure lots of cozy nights by the fire. It works, it’s attractive, and it makes winter life easier.