OR - Light My Fire Spork - Derek
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Here is my Owner Review for the ubiquitous Light My Fire Spork.
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Light My Fire Spork
Owner Review by Derek Hansen
DATE: September 8, 2010
Photo courtesy LightMyFire.com
Name Derek Hansen
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Email Address derek.daught.hansen.at.mac (without cheese).dot.kahm
City, State, Country Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
I am a lightweight backpacker with a typical weekend pack weight of 15
lb (7 kg) and a multi-day weight of 20 lb (9 kg), which includes food
and water. Because I pack less than 20 lb (9 kg), I prefer lightweight
trail-running shoes. I prefer backpacking with a hammock as part of my
Manufacturer Industrial Revolution, Inc., (Redmond, Washington, USA)
Year of Manufacture 2010, made in Sweden
Manufacturer's Website lightmyfire.com
Color Available in 19 colors
Listed Weight 0.3 oz (8 g)
Measured Weight 0.35 oz (10 g)
Listed Features "The Spork is perfect for your backpack, boat, picnic
basket, lunchbox, purse or briefcase." Machine washable; "Heat
resistant material - doesn't melt in hot/boiling water"; "won't
scratch non-stick cookware, Teflon-friendly"; Machine washable;
extremely durable; available in PC or BPA free Tritan plastic.
Warranty Not listed
The Light My Fire Spork is an eating utensil with a spoon on one end
and fork on the other. On the fork end, one prong edge is serrated.
The spork has a generally curved line making a sort of "lazy S" shape.
Although the company does sell a left-handed version, the spork is
easily used in either hand.
The spork comes in a variety of colors in plastic, and as of this
writing, also comes in Titanium metal.
The spork is only slightly flexible in the middle.
FIELD USE CONDITIONS
I have purchased nearly a dozen of these sporks over the years and
have used them on more than 12 backpacking trips. I continue to use
them on family car camping outings. Many of my trips were done in
northern Virginia, but my most recent trips have been done in
Flagstaff, Arizona at an elevation of 7000 ft (2133 m).
I have used the spork as my primary cooking and eating utensil on my
backpacking trips. I typically store the spork along with my stove and
cooking pot in a minimalist set where the pot doubled as my eating
bowl for one-pot meals. A majority of the meals I used with the spork
were boil-in-a-bag type, which used minimal cooking but some stirring
with the spork.
FIELD USE RESULTS
My first few trips with the spork were very successful. In these
trips, I mostly cooked boil-in-a-bag meals and used the spork
primarily to eat. The spork was adequate for small 32 oz (1 L) zip-top
bags, but I found the utensil a bit short for deeper bags and my
fingers often got messy from rubbing the inside of the freezer bag to
scrape out my meal.
These initial trips were enough to convince me to supply my family
with more sporks so I invested in about a dozen in different colors.
My kids really liked them and the sporks found their way into
emergency kits and our family car camping kit.
On my later trips, I began using the spork to cook meals, which
included stirring and scraping over a hot stove. On a few of these
trips I have succeeded in melting the fork end after continued contact
with the hot pot. In one case, I even broke prongs off the fork and
ended up carving down the spork in the field to be at least usable as
I have subsequently broken a few sporks in the middle while scraping
food and eating meals. After breaking a few of these sporks in the
field and having only a stub to work with has been frustrating.
The plastic sporks are fun, but I find them a bit short to eat most
boil-in-a-bag meals. The utinsil is not indestructible, unfortunately,
and I've broken a few in my backpacking trips while eating and
cooking, not to mention melting a few while stirring food.
PRO--Lightweight. Variety of colors. Smooth feel to eat with.
CON--Fairly easy to break or melt.
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