Owner Review of Light My Fire Spork by David Stancil
- LIGHT MY FIRE SPORK
BY DAVID STANCIL
MARCH 01, 2009
NAME: David Stancil
LOCATION: Chicago, IL
HEIGHT: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
WEIGHT: 205 lb (93 kg)
I have been backpacking and camping for roughly 12 years. In the
past I have carried heavy loads but am slowly converting my gear to
lightweight. I hike mainly in the Midwest and I am a year round
hiker. My trips usually consist of hikes lasting no more than 2-3
days and have a distance of roughly 25 miles (40.25 km).
Manufacturer: Light My Fire
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Manufacturer's Website: www.lightmyfire.com
MSRP: None Listed
Model: Regular Polycarbonate Spork (Orange)
Listed Weight: 0.32 oz (9 g)
Measured Weight: 0.35 oz (10 g)
Other Details: Available in 20 colors, 3 different sizes (regular,
extra-medium, large), and 2 materials; polycarbonate and titanium.
I have had the Light My Fire Spork for 7 months and have used it to
eat and prepare all of my backpacking/camping meals. It has been
used primarily with the GSI Soloist Cook System using both a canister
stove and alcohol stove.
The food I normally prepare while backpacking is what I would
consider basic backpacking food. I am not a gourmet chef in the
backcountry and like to keep my meals simple, hassle free, and easy
to clean up. I usually stick to dehydrated bag meals, ramen noodles,
instant rice, pasta, and the manufactured meals such as Mountain
House or Backpackers Pantry when I am feeling lazy.
So far the Light My Fire Spork has spent time with me in both
summer/fall and winter. I have had this spork in temperatures
ranging from 100 deg. F (38 deg. C) to 15 deg. F (-9 deg. C). I have
found that there is no change is performance or quality with
The Light My Fire Spork is a lightweight eating utensil comprised of
a spoon on one end and a 4 tined fork on the other end with a short
serrated edge on the edge of the farthest tine of the fork. The
spork has an overall length of 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) which I find is a
decent size. It is just long enough to get into the bottom of my pot
or a bag of dehydrated food without having to struggle to get the
contents out. I find that I use the spoon side of the spork much
more than I do the fork/knife portion. I find the spoon to be deep
enough for my purposes and have no trouble eating soup. The fork is
more useful for longer pasta that I have not broken up such as
spaghetti or ramen.
The material used does make it a bit slippery compared to a metal
fork but it does serve its purpose. The only portion of the spork
that I do not use is the serrated portion of the fork. I find that
it is not very useful in cutting much of anything. I also really
don't have a use for it due to the fact that I usually do not have
food that needs a knife to be eaten. I find that the knife is really
a mute point; it neither hinders the performance of the fork nor
enhances it. If I do have anything that I need to cut such as
vegetables, fruit, or bread I just use my personal pocket knife to do
the job which makes much more sense.
Cleaning the spork is certainly a pleasure. The polycarbonate
material used makes cleanup very easy. I usually clean my spork with
a little bit of water and a bandana. If cleaned this way I find that
there is little residual smell imparted on the spork as I have found
found with some other plastic eating utensils/containers.
This is a very tough eating utensil. There is quite a bit of give in
the way that you can bend it without it breaking. I have not noticed
any melting, chipping, or scratches to my spork even though it is
going on 7 months old. I will say that this is my second spork after
I broke the first at no fault of the product. It had fallen on the
ground and was against a small stone. When I went to pick it up I
had slipped and stepped on it which resulted in it snapping in half.
I was a bit upset seeing as it was my only eating utensil. I solved
the problem with a bit of duct tape and a small stick and it made it
thru the rest of the trip wonderfully. Overall I think this is a
wonderful addition to anyone who is looking for an all purpose,
lightweight, inexpensive eating utensil. I would highly recommend
Things I Like:
No tiny crevices for food to get stuck
Easy clean up
Things I Don't Like:
The knife is a little useless if you carry a pocket knife.
- Hi David,
Welcome to BGT and thanks for your Spork OR. Before I can add it to the edit queue you will need to revised the report with more specific use data. I know it may be hard to recall the exact number of times you have used it over 7 months you have had it but give us your best guess please. When you have added this info. to the report please repost it with REvised add to the subject line.
Edit Admin Manager
Jamie picked up another EDIT, and another reason to request a mentor. Richard
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Jamie D." <jdeben@...> wrote:
> Hi David,
> Welcome to BGT and thanks for your Spork OR. Before I can add it to the edit queue you will need to revised the report with more specific use data. I know it may be hard to recall the exact number of times you have used it over 7 months you have had it but give us your best guess please. When you have added this info. to the report please repost it with REvised add to the subject line.
> Thank you,
> Jamie DeBenedetto
> Edit Admin Manager