Fire Starter FAQs


What is QuickSurvive made of?  
A. QuickSurvive is a proprietary blend of all-natural paraffin wax. Even the packaging, which appears to be plastic, is simply compressed vegetable oil. This patented formula is what makes QuickSurvive water resistant for use in even the most severe weather such as rain, snow or high winds.

Q. How fast does QuickSurvive light?  
A. QuickSurvive has a light time of ½ to 2 seconds, depending on the humidity and type of match or lighter used it can take longer. It will light similar to lighting an ordinary candle and slowly build in density. If you need a longer burn time, simply add more QuickSurvive.

Q. What size flame does QuickSurvive produce?
A. One pouch of QuickSurvive produces a 8-13 inch flame for 8-10 minutes.

Q. Can I light QuickSurvive with a magnesium striker? 
A. Yes. QuickSurvive normally requires a heat source of 425+ degrees, such as a match or lighter. However, if you scrape off a little of the QuickSurvive pouch then spark it, the magnesium will light the QuickSurvive and get your fire started.

Q. Can I use QuickSurvive in my fireplace or wood burning stove?  
A. Yes, QuickSurvive is so safe, you can use it in your fireplace and wood stove. It will light similar to a candle with no flareups and gradually grow in density. It will easily dry out wet wood and create the proper draw up the chimney or flue. 

Q. Is QuickSurvive dangerous. Could it explode?

A. No. QuickSurvive is NOT a combustible and there is no explosive hazard. Due to its wax composition, it is recommended that QuickSurvive is kept in a place below 150 degrees - this is extremely hot, and the worst that would happen is that the product might simply melt. 

Q. Is QuickSurvive safe to cook with? Will it boil water? 
A. Yes - as an all natural substance, it is safe to cook with and gets plenty hot to boil water.

Q. How do I light charcoal briquettes using a charcoal chimney? 
A. A charcoal chimney is a great way to light briquettes. Simply place QuickSurvive under the chimney, light it and place the chimney with your charcoal in it, over the flame. It typically will take about 5-8 minutes to light all of your charcoal depending on how much charcoal you have in the chimney.

Q. How do I light charcoal briquettes using a Weber or Charbroil grill?
A. Place QuickSurvive under the bottom grate (charcoal grate).  On the charcoal grate place your charcoal in a pyramid and then light your QuickSurvive. It typically will take about 8-10 minutes to light all of your charcoal (the edges will turn white) depending on how much charcoal you have on the grate. Once the edges of the charcoal are white, spread out the charcoal evenly for best results with a non burnable device and long enough where you don’t burn your hand such as a pair of tongs and you can then place the 2nd top grate (cooking grate) in place to begin cooking.

Q. Does QuickSurvive work if it gets wet?
A. Yes! Due to the wax substance QuickSurvive is water resistant it will still work if it gets wet. In fact it will even float and burn right on water.

Q. Does QuickSurvive work in the wind or will it blow out?
A. You do have to shield QuickSurvive from the wind when you first light it for 20-30 seconds, however, QuickSurvive will burn in winds in upwards of 30 MPH once it is lit. 

Q. Is there an odor with QuickSurvive?
A. There is a slight odor from the wax substance, much like a candle burning, however there are no harmful chemicals or harsh odor.

Q. If my fire is going out can I add more to QuickSurvive?
A. Yes, you can add more QuickSurvive to any fire just as long as you don’t smother the flame when pouring. If you do, simply relight.

Q. What is the best way to store QuickSurvive?
A. A cool dry place is the best, but it can be stored anywhere that is less than 150 degrees. At 160 degrees the paraffin in it will start to melt. It can also be safely stored right next to food.