Whoever said good things don't come out of Guilderland? Meet Skaneateles' Todd Keehfus. He is one of County Line Road's new pioneers. Todd, his brother Chad (Smokey Hollow Farms, Jamesville), and another partner, Rob Englert (Jamesville), have developed a firelighter ideal for inside or outdoor fireplaces. Even better news is the entire kit is made in America.
The brothers credit their mother for the genesis of the idea, as many years ago she had purchased a similar Fire starter at a craft fair. The Keehfus Family lived in Guilderland at the time, but also had a camp up in the Adirondacks at Friends Lake.
After growing up with this unusual device, which is still going strong, they got the idea to manufacture one on a larger scale.
They bought the rights from the original potter, and went into design mode with Englert with a mission to marry form and function. The FireLighter must be handsome in appearance, but also safe to use and as dependable as the original, which they have used for more than 25 years.
What's in the kit?
"The FireLighter Kit includes everything you need to get your fire started; a durable stoneware pot, a reusable FireStone, a cold rolled steel handle and two bottles of candle & lamp oil. Each ceramic pot is crafted in small batches, hand-glazed and hand-numbered, so that each product is beautifully unique." From the website adkfirestone.com/.
The firestone is essentially refractory material on an iron rod that is soaked in paraffin lamp oil, lit then laid under the wood in place of paper and/or kindling. It will stay hot for 25 minutes.
The FireLighter automatically burns out in the fireplace (or fire pit), and then you place it back in the crock stamped Adirondack FireLighter.
"There is no easier way to start a fire," Chad said.