How to stay warm - fire
January 17, 2020

Cold nights can be tough sometimes, but they don’t have to be. In fact, cold nights present a great opportunity to get loved ones together and connect.

If you’re dreading the cold or looking for a way to make the most of a night stuck inside, then look no further. There are some very practical things you can do to stay warm (block drafts or turn up the thermostat), but in this blog we’re going to focus on doing things that are actually fun and memorable as well.

Here are 8 great ways to stay warm and make memories on a cold night.

1) Make some Hot Drinks

Warm drinks are great for keeping you warm. They are fun to make, keep your hands warm, and they warm your whole body as you drink them. Most importantly, they can be delicious!

If it’s a really cold night, then we recommend going all out with your hot drink. Don’t just make hot chocolate, add some whipped cream and chocolate syrup and marshmallows. If you want some inspiration, check out these 25 hot chocolate recipes from Country Living.

2) Get out the blankets for a movie night

Thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus, movie nights have never been easier. Grab a blanket or three, and snuggle up together on the couch. Put the phones away so that you can all enjoy the same story together, and stay warm under the blankets!

If it’s really cold, you can always watch a movie that will help keep you warm. Depending on your preference, there are several genres that could work for this:

  • Live vicariously through some characters who go to the beach
  • Get your heart racing with a thriller or scary movie
  • Watch something sentimental and heart warming
  • If it’s really cold, watch a movie about volcanos or journeys through the desert

3) Play Games together

We get a lot of screen time, so why not skip the movie night and play games together instead? Playing games near the fire is a great way to stay warm, or you could always play a more active game like Charades, Twister, or Cranium. Having fun and laughing together is a great way to forget about the cold and connect with others.

Game night around the Fire

And of course, any level of competition can get “heated.” So grab a few of our favorite games and start playing something together!

4) Tell some stories

Snuggling together under the blankets isn’t just for movies – it’s also a great chance to share stories. Life is hectic and chaotic, but we desperately need moments together to share stories and connect. When it’s cold outside everything freezes, put your worries on ice for a bit and spend time together talking with those nearest to you.

Doing this around the fire always seems to enhance the experience. Looking at a phone screen distracts you from conversation, but somehow looking at a fire always has the opposite effect. It’s mesmerizing, but not distracting. You can even turn the lights down and tell some scary ones, or laugh together about funny memories. Check out our guide to great storytelling around the fire.

5) Bake something delicious

One of my favorite things to eat on the planet is Blackberry Cobbler. It’s perfect on a cold night because it’s so warm and delicious and I just want to eat 4 bowls of it. But there are many wonderful things to bake, and on a cold night you can bake all of them.

Photo by Taylor Grote on Unsplash

So don’t limit the amount of time you spend baking – that oven will help warm the kitchen and area around it. This is a win win – not only do you get some warm food from baking, you get some warm air as well. Bake something for dinner, bake something for dessert, and just to be safe, bake something for a second dessert. Looking for ideas? Taste of Home has an epic list of 40 warm desserts on a cold night.

6) Make a Fort

I always loved making a fort as a kid. Now that I’m an adult, I still secretly love making forts. Hang the sheets and blankets around your couches and chairs and coffee table, it will give you a more intimate space to hang out together. It will even create a small layer of insulation, keeping you warm.

For the next level win, build the fort in such a way that you can still see the fire, watch a movie, or play games together. You can even go all out and gather extra blankets, pillows, and cushions and have an indoor campout by spending the whole night in the fort.

7) Gather around the fire

Building a nice fire is an awesome way to stay warm because it can make every other idea on this list more memorable. Enjoy a movie with the fire crackling below, tell stories around the fire, or enjoy hot chocolate while watching the fire dance.

When it’s cold, you want to choose firewood that will light easily and quickly so that you don’t have to wait too long for the heat. You also don’t want to use wet wood – the heat energy gets consumed by the moisture and won’t warm you up. Using properly kiln dried firewood from Cutting Edge will guarantee your fire is easy to light, burns bright and hot, and will help keep the chimney more clean and safe.

Learn how to start a fire the Cutting Edge way with this video:

8) Make s’mores inside

Making s’mores is an awesome tradition around campfires and bonfires, but you can also make s’mores on the indoor fire! Gather around the fireplace with some marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers and get to roasting those marshmallows. Making s’mores gets you close to the fire, which is going to warm you up. It also gives you a warm and delicious treat.

Once again, don’t feel limited to the traditional s’more ingredients. Get creative and make it a more memorable experience. Check out our ultimate guide to making s’mores for more!

Be Prepared – Stock Up on Firewood Today

There’s nothing worse than realizing you’re stuck on a cold night without firewood. Stock up now so you can be prepared when cold weather strikes. Cutting Edge Firewood is completely free from bugs and mold, so it’s safe to store inside or in the garage. That way, you won’t have to venture out into the cold when you want to enjoy a nice fire!

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October 15, 2019

Over the past decade, subscription services have become increasingly popular around the United States. Subscriptions are perfect for our busy lives – they bring us what we need when we need it.

Cutting Edge Firewood began offering our innovative firewood subscription service in 2018 and it has since become increasingly popular. In this post, we’ll share 6 compelling reasons you should start a firewood subscription right now, and answer some of the most common questions we receive about our subscriptions.

1) Convenience

Have you ever woken up on a cold morning and said, “this is the perfect time to start a fire!” But then, when you went to build it, you realized you had no firewood left!

Life is busy enough without needing to go out and find firewood for sale or chop and season your own wood. Cutting Edge Firewood makes it easier than ever before to have a good stock of firewood available.

Our subscription service means you never even have to think about where your next fire will come from – we’ve already delivered the wood to your home!

2) More Savings

Our Subscription service provides the most affordable way to receive firewood and can save you up to 43.5% from our standard retail pricing.

Let’s look at a couple examples – one for a monthly rack subscription and one for a weekly box subscription.

One rack of hickory costs $285, but when you choose a monthly rack subscription, that same rack only costs $199. If you had a rack subscription for 3 months (November – January), then you would receive up to 3 racks worth of firewood for $597. If you bought the racks without the subscription, this would cost $855. In three months, you’ll save $258 (or 30%)!

A box of hickory costs $59, but when you choose a weekly box subscription, that same box only costs $39. If you have a box subscription for 12 weeks, then you’ll receive 12 total boxes for $468. Those 12 boxes on their own would cost $708. In that 12 week subscription period, you’ll save $240 (or 33.9%)!

You can really maximize your savings if you choose a pecan box subscription. One box of pecan normally costs $69, but when you get a weekly subscription it’s only $39 (savings of 43.5%).

3) The Best Firewood Available – Every Time

One of the challenges people face is finding consistently good firewood. You might get a good batch from a supplier one week, and then find that next month the firewood is wet and moldy or completely sold out!

You don’t have to worry about that with Cutting Edge Firewood. We deliver the best firewood available, every time. Our firewood goes through the most rigorous drying process in the industry. It is delivered free from pests, mold, and fungus. It is easy to light, clean from dirt, and provides an amazing aroma. We hand select each piece of firewood before delivering to your home – ensuring you only get the best.

The Best Firewood Available- Every Time

And of course, our firewood is available throughout the entire year. Want to enjoy a summer bonfire at the lakehouse? Cutting Edge has you covered. Need something right before Christmas? We’re ready to deliver!

4) No Long Term Commitments

Remember that time you signed up for a gym membership? You chose the 18 month plan because of how much money it would save! Only problem is, after 6 months you stopped going.

We understand that life circumstances and seasons may change the way you burn firewood, that’s why our subscriptions only require a short, 3 month commitment. While many of our customers choose to keep their subscription year round, enjoying great fires both indoors and outside, you are more than welcome to keep your just through the winter.

5) More Variety

If you want to try the different species or cuts we offer at Cutting Edge Firewood, then subscriptions are a great way to go. For instance, if you have a weekly box subscription, you can try different boxes whenever you choose.

Variety of Wood SpeciesPerhaps your first couple boxes will be hickory, then you can switch to cherry, and then to oak. Once it warms up, maybe you go after some pecan cooking wood or try our variety pack of chunks.

Our subscriptions offer great flexibility – you can also change the speed at which you receive the firewood. If you have a weekly subscription and want to switch to a monthly one, no problem! If you have a monthly and want to switch to every two weeks, then go for it! Simply contact our customer service team and we’ll get you taken care of.

6) Countless Memorable Experiences

For thousands of years, people have gathered around the fire to connect, share stories, and relax. Here at Cutting Edge Firewood, we’re all about creating memorable experiences around the fire.

Enjoying a great fire with family and friends should be a time to enjoy each other, not a time where you’re fighting to get a fire started or inhaling a ton of musty smoke.

With Cutting Edge boxes or racks, you can rest assured that every fireside experience will be a good one. You can get the fire going with a single match and then sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself!

If you’d like to try a subscription yourself, then start one today! Sign up for a box subscription here or a rack subscription here.

  • Box Subscription

    From: $39.00 / week

    The Box Subscription offers one of the most convenient ways to receive our premium firewood. Each firewood box includes everything you need for 2-4 amazing fire experiences, including the firewood, a sampling of Kindling, Fire Starters, and even matches!  With the Box Subscription, we deliver a brand new box once a month, every other week, or every week to your front door.

    Select your preferred frequency of delivery and type of box below. Minimum subscription length is only 3 months!

  • Rack Subscription

    $199.00 / month

    The Firewood Rack Subscription is a convenient way to ensure your firewood rack is always stocked. When you start a subscription, we deliver one of our premium, metal firewood racks (4’ tall x 2’ wide), stacked full of the firewood you chose, covered with the canvas cover.

    Every month, a Delivery Artisan will visit your home to refill or replace your Cutting Edge Firewood Rack. Used all your wood? Then we’ll replace the whole thing. Only used half? We’ll top it off. Want to try a different type of wood? Let us know and we’ll bring some along.

    Subscriptions are convenient and offer substantial savings to fire enthusiasts – you’ll always be prepared for cold winter nights or for memorable outdoor fires. Rack subscriptions are $199 per month and only available in our local delivery areas. The minimum subscription period is only 3 months.

Frequently asked questions about Subscriptions

  1. What’s the difference between a box subscription and a rack subscription? Our rack and box subscriptions are similar in many ways, but there are a few differences. First and most obvious, with our rack subscription you will receive the firewood in a carbonized steel, 2′ by 4′ rack. Our box subscription comes in…a box! Rack subscriptions are only available on a monthly basis, but box subscriptions can be for every week, every two weeks, or every month. The final difference is, when you have a box subscription, we bring you a brand new box every time your subscription period dictates. With rack subscriptions, we show up each month and replenish your existing rack.
  2. Does a rack subscription include the carbonized steel rack? Yes! We include the Cutting Edge Firewood rack with your subscription. There are no additional sign-up costs to receive the rack.
    premium firewood rack metal
  3. How long does a subscription last? Subscriptions can last as long as you want! The minimum subscription period is only 3 months, so you don’t need to commit to anything long-term.
  4. How much does delivery cost for subscriptions? If you are inside our local delivery zones, then delivery is complimentary on every box or rack subscription! For residents outside of our local delivery zones, shipping charges do apply and vary based on location.
  5. Can I have more than one subscription at a time? Yes! We have several customers who receive multiple boxes at a time or multiple racks at a time. For instance, you might choose a subscription for a monthly rack of hickory and a monthly rack of extended burn hickory.
  6. Which products are available for subscription? We offer a wide variety of subscription products for both racks and boxes. The best way to see what’s available is to visit our rack subscription page or our box subscription page.

If you have any more questions about how subscriptions work, feel free to contact us at anytime! We look forward to providing you with unmatched products and unparalleled customer service on a regular basis.

August 28, 2019

There is something special about starting a fire with a single match. Not only does it make life easy, but it also tends to invoke a certain sense of pride.

On the flip side, it’s fairly infuriating when you go through dozens of matches or an entire supply of lighter fluid attempting to get a fire started. This process usually involves lots of smoke inhalation, frustration, and possibly a few four letter words (and unfortunately, we don’t mean “fire”).

But we’re here to help! Cutting Edge Firewood has mastered the art of starting a fire with a single match. Watch this short video to see our process, or scroll down for some written directions.

What you need:

In order to start a fire with a single match, you’ll need a few key supplies:

  • Dry Firewood: This is the most important part of a single match fire. Wet wood simply does not want to ignite. You can force it to light withenough heat, blowing, smoke, and persistence, but certainly not with a single match. This is one of the many reasons Cutting Edge Firewood is the best – we use the most rigorous drying process in the industry.everything that you need to start a fire
  • Fire Starter: There are a lot of different fire starters on the market, but basically you want something that will light and then stay lit for several minutes. Naturally, we recommend our excelsior fire starters because they are scent and chemical free. This makes them safer for both indoor fires and cooking fires. And of course, they are very easy to light and will last a long time.
  • Heart Pine: A nice way to complement your fire starter is with a piece of heart pine. Heart pine is derived from the heartwood of pine trees and burns readily even when wet, making it a prized natural fire starter. The pleasant aroma of pine will add a welcome addition to your fire. We don’t recommend using them with cooking wood, because heart pine does not add great flavor.
  • Kindling: Smaller pieces of wood ignite more easily than larger pieces. You can gather lots of small twigs from your yard, cut off smaller pieces from a log, or you can use the kindling we supply at Cutting Edge. Each of our kindling pieces are made with the same quality as our firewood and is easy to light. If you use our kindling, two pieces will be plenty. If you use other kindling, you’ll likely need many more pieces.
  • Matches: If you want to start a single match fire, then you’ll obviously need some matches!

Each of the items listed above are available from Cutting Edge Firewood. You can purchase them separately, or for extra convenience you can choose the complete fire starter package.

What you don’t need:

Many people are under the impression that a single match fire requires the following, but we’re here to tell you the truth. The following “fire starters” are not necessary and can negatively affect your fire starting experience.

  • Lighter Fluid: We’ve known friends who seem to think a good fire is one where you spray lighter fluid at the fire whenever the fire gets too low. The problem is, they’re burning fluid instead of wood. They’ve chosen to use wet wood and are trying to make up for it with lighter fluid. This adds unnecessary chemicals to your fire, does not smell good, requires more work, and creates additional danger.
  • Newspaper: Most people have used newspaper to start a fire before. It certainly ignites easily, but it does have several disadvantages. First, it cannot stay lit for very long and often burns out before the kindling ignites. Second, it doesn’t burn as hot as a good fire starter. Third, it creates lots of unnecessary ash that often floats up and out of the fire. Lastly, in today’s digital age it’s much harder to find newspaper! For a more reliable experience, choose an actual fire starter.
  • Gasoline: This is an absolute NO. Using gasoline is extremely dangerous. The fumes spread immediately and lighting it is explosive. We know people who tried to use gasoline and they ended in the hospital. If that’s not enough reason, gasoline isn’t even an effective fire starter because it burns so quickly. So once again, never use gasoline to start a fire.

Step-By-Step Guide to Starting a Fire with one Match

If you watched the video, you saw how easy it is to start a fire the Cutting Edge way. Remember to always keep safety in mind when you start a fire and choose an appropriate place to start one.

Here are step-by-step instructions for lighting a fire with a single match:

  1. Place the excelsior fire starter (or the fire starter of your choice) at the center of the where you want the fire. If using a fireplace grate, then place this below the grate.
  2. Strike your single match and light the fire starter.
  3. If you’re using heart pine, carefully rest a single heart pine piece on top of the lit fire starter.How to start a fire: adding heart pine
  4. Place a couple pieces of kindling directly above the heart pine in the shape of an X. Use additional kindling if required.
  5. As the kindling lights, place two large pieces of firewood alongside the kindling (or above the kindling if you are using a fireplace grate). When using a grate, place the larger log in front, so that as the wood breaks down it will fall backwards instead of forwards.One Match Fire - building it
  6. Add additional logs on top as required. You want to have some logs go directly over the burning kindling. You can build this up as high as you want (as long as you keep it a safe height).
  7. Sit back, relax, and feel proud of the fact that you started a fire with a single match.

One match log cabin fire

That’s it! Starting a fire with a single match is quick and easy when you have the right ingredients. You can shop all of our fire starters or our premium firewood today. We deliver and ship our products all over the United States.

July 10, 2019

Since the beginning of humankind, people have gathered around campfires to tell stories. It’s a fun activity that brings friends and family together. Regardless of age or gender, everyone enjoys listening to a good campfire story.

Like any art form, telling great stories is a craft that should be practiced. If you’re faced with the task of telling a campfire story, following these tips will give you a great start towards perfect it.

1) Stand Up

Try to get into the habit of standing up when telling campfire stories. If you tell your story sitting down, some people may struggle to see or hear you. Furthermore, standing up allows you to project your voice more effectively. It’s perfectly fine for everyone else to remain seated, but if you’re telling the story, you should stand up until you are finished.

2) Use Your Hands

Telling the perfect campfire story requires more than just oral narration; it requires the use of body language. Specifically, you should use hand gestures to help convey key points of your story. Hand gestures can turn an otherwise dull story into an active and engaging story. You can even use them to act out what’s happening in your story.

3) Keep the Fire Going

Don’t let your campfire burn out while telling a campfire story. A hot and roaring campfire is essential when telling a campfire story. It provides illumination while creating a relaxing atmosphere in the process. If you neglect to add more firewood to your campfire, it may burn out.

To keep your campfire going, add a few pieces of high-quality kiln dried firewood from Cutting Edge before you begin to tell your story. Our premium firewood burns brighter and longer than most other woods, so it’s less likely to need replenishing during your story. But, if you are telling a true epic and discover your campfire dying down midway through your story, take a short break to add a few more pieces of firewood. A hot and roaring campfire serves as the basis for the perfect campfire story, so don’t allow it to burn out.

4) Pull Out the Props

You can use props to enhance your campfire story. Perhaps the most common prop used in campfire stories is a flashlight. Even if you have a hot and roaring campfire (which you should), a flashlight will add a spooky element to your story. If you’re telling a ghost story or other horror-themed story, for example, shine the flashlight in your face while you talk.

And if you happen to hear a noise in the woods (or if you want people to think they heard a noise), you can shine the flashlight in the direction of the noise to create a sense of realism. Of course, a flashlight is just one of many props you can use when telling a campfire story. Feel free to pull out other objects to make your story more active.

5) Research Campfire Stories

Now for the million-dollar question: What campfire story should you tell? If you don’t know a story off the top of your head, you can either create one from scratch or tell an existing story. If you choose the latter, you should research some of the most popular campfire stories. You can check out this website for some ideas on campfire stories. Alternatively, you can always tell a relevant ghost story in front of a campfire. Regardless of where you are camping, there’s probably a well-known ghost story in a surrounding city.

You don’t have to necessarily copy an existing campfire story. You can make your campfire story unique and memorable by altering an existing one. By adding your own unique touch, you’ll have a better chance at connecting with your audience. At the same time, you can rest assured knowing that no one has heard the story before.

6) Make Eye Contact

Don’t forget to make eye contact when telling a campfire story. Whether you’re telling the story to a single listener or a dozen listeners, you should make contact with them. Research shows that eye contact exudes confidence and authority.

By making eye contact with listeners, they’ll subconsciously believe your story — even if it’s not a real story. The key thing to remember is that you shouldn’t focus your eyesight on any single listener for too long. After maintaining eye contact with a listener for a minute or so, focus your eyesight on someone else.

7) Wait Until Sundown

While you tell campfire stories day or night, it’s best to wait until sundown. The dark background with the bright fire simply allows for better storytelling. Once the sun goes down, everyone will be positioned around the campfire for warmth and illumination. And when everyone is gathered around the campfire, they’ll focus their attention on you.

8) Avoid using green or seasoned wood

When you decide to to build your campfire, you’ll want to start planning for your story. Hopefully, you have kiln dried firewood from Cutting Edge ready to use. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck gathering fallen tree branches and limbs or using seasoned firewood. This presents several problems: green and seasoned wood will take longer to light. They also produce a lot more smoke and smell bad.

You don’t want people moving around, coughing, or getting smelly smoke in their eyes while you tell your story. Using Cutting Edge firewood helps ensure everyone has a great fire experience, and the fire won’t distract from the story. It will enhance it.

9) Consider a Classic Opening

You can’t go wrong with a classic opening when telling a campfire story. The opening “Once upon a time,” for instance, works well for nearly all campfire stories. It’s a familiar opening that’s been used in thousands of campfire stories. Another common opening to use in a campfire story is “Legend has it.” Classic openings such as these set the tone quickly and help captivate listeners and pique their curiosity.

But you need more than one sentence to tell a good story. Consider using this simple story structure from Pixar: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

10) Keep It Short… But Not Too Short

The length of your campfire story will affect your ability to keep listeners engaged and interested. If your story is too short, it will lack any meaningful sustenance. If it’s too long, some listeners may become bored halfway through the story.

So, how long should you make your campfire story? There’s no set length for the perfect campfire story. Some stories will naturally take more time to tell than others. The best way to determine how long your story should be is to read your audience. If they look engaged, keep going and don’t lose their interest. If people are starting to get distracted, better to wrap the story up quickly and concisely.

Ultimately, the goal of any story teller should be to tell a long story that feels short.

11) Listen to Others Share Their Stories

You should ask others to share campfire stories as well. When you are finished telling your story, see if anyone else has a story they’d like to share. Depending on the size of your group, you can keep the stories going long into the night. Furthermore, you may learn a few new tricks of your own by listening to the stories of others.

It’s important to remember that you don’t need to pressure people to tell a campfire story. Not everyone knows great stories, and even if they do, they may lack the confidence to share it in front of an audience. It’s still important to ask, however, because when other people share their stories, it creates a more memorable experience for everyone involved.

The best stories deserve the best firewood

Make sure you’re ready to tell great campfire stories by stocking up on the best firewood available. Visit our online store today, where you can find a variety of kiln dried Oak, Hickory, and Cherry firewood that is perfect for an amazing fire experience.

The Ultimate Guide to S'mores
June 5, 2019

Summer has arrived, which means s’more season is officially in full swing. Roasting marshmallows over an open fire consistently triggers great memories. Because of that, we’ve brought together the ultimate guide to making the best s’mores.

When you make s’mores with family and friends, there should be more than nostalgia fueling the fun. This is a dessert that has earned its own national s’mores day, after all (August 10, if you were wondering).

Often times, when we eat something we loved in childhood, it doesn’t quite match up to the memories. If you follow the tips on how to make s’mores in this post, and you will wonder why you aren’t making them more often.

1) Get everything you need ready

smores sticks - Roasting Forks

I can remember many campfires growing up where we decided to make s’mores. We had all the ingredients ready, but then had to wander around the woods in the dark (while hoping to avoid poison ivy) and look for a s’mores stick long enough to roast the marshmallow. On multiple occasions, the s’mores stick I found on the ground was way too short. I’d spend the next few minutes holding the marshmallow near the fire for a few seconds, then pulling it away because my hand was starting to burn. This dance wasn’t that nice.

And of course, there was always the clothes hanger. We spent many campfires trying to unwind metal clothes hangers and then debating if the white paint on them would poison our marshmallows. Once we were done, we never knew what to do with these long and pointy things that could never return to their original form.

But nothing is worse than toasting a marshmallow and realizing you forgot something at the store or still need to unpack the graham crackers and chocolate. Odds are your marshmallow would fall on the ground in the process, get cold, or just get eaten before you had achieved s’more perfection.

So make sure you have some reliable s’more roasting forks handy, and get all your ingredients ready to go.

2) Try more s’more ingredients

Speaking of ingredients, the basic s’more recipe is simple:

  • 2 pieces of graham cracker
  • 1-2 roasted marshmallows
  • 1-2 pieces of milk chocolate

If you only eat s’mores that contain those three ingredients, you’re still technically eating s’mores. But that’s kind of like eating nothing but cheese pizza – you’re missing out on a world of possibilities.

Oreo S'mores for the win!

For instance, have you ever tried trading that piece of milk chocolate for a Reese’s peanut butter cup or a couple of Rolo’s?

Have you ever considered replacing the graham crackers with chocolate chip cookies or Oreos? Oreo s’mores are like a whole new world!

What if you added strawberry slices or peanut butter inside the s’more?

There are countless options out there, but this collection of 39 s’more hacks should give you plenty of ideas to get through the summer.

3) Roast the chocolate while you roast the marshmallow

One of the simplest hacks to making an amazing s’mores dessert is to roast the chocolate at the same time you roast the marshmallow. You obviously cannot put the chocolate on a roasting fork – it would melt and fall off.

So instead, place the chocolate (or Reese’s or whatever you choose to use) on the graham cracker and simply set it near the fire. You’ve got to be careful here – too close and it will melt everything entirely or even burn your hand.

How to melt the chocolate in your s'mores

Chocolate doesn’t need a lot of heat to melt, so just make sure it’s a warm area and let the fire do the work. Then, when your marshmallow is ready you can create your s’more sandwich. The warm, melted chocolate is amazing and once you try it, you’ll never go back. You might get a little extra chocolate dripping down your face, but we promise it’s worth it.

4) Roast it over the coals

This is one of my pet peeves and perhaps the greatest controversy when answering the question, how to make s’mores. Many people choose to simply shove their marshmallow into the flame, let it catch on fire, and then blow it out. I call this method the “burn and blow” and think it is the worst.

how to make the best s'moresIf you genuinely prefer this method of roasting marshmallows, then I guess it’s a free country and you can do what you want.

But in my view, you will never make the perfect s’more with a marshmallow that is burnt on the outside and cold on the inside. I can’t think of a single food item where people prefer the burnt version over a properly cooked version.

The key to successfully roasting a marshmallow is to do it slowly over the coals of the fire. You’ll need to wait a bit for the fire to burn and watch for those coals to fall to the side. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, s’more perfection awaits!

If you roast the marshmallows over the coals and slowly rotate them, they will turn golden brown on the outside and warm through to the center. Does roasting them properly take longer than the burn and blow method? Yes, but we’re talking 1 minute verses 10 seconds, not a whole hour.

So if you want the best s’more possible, take the extra few seconds and actually roast the marshmallows.

5) Use an actual fire

The internet is filled with alternative methods for making s’mores: Cook them in the oven or microwave! Cook them over a candle! Use the toaster!

making s'mores together

But in my mind, cooking a s’more over anything but an actual fire defeats the purpose. You don’t make a s’more just to have something yummy to eat (although that is clearly a benefit). You make s’mores for the shared experience, for the time together around a campfire, and the memories that it can create.

For many kids, cooking a s’more over a fire might literally be their first time cooking anything. Teaching others how to properly cook a s’more, roast a marshmallow, or warm the chocolate is a great way to connect.

Sometimes, weather doesn’t cooperate and you need to make s’mores inside. That’s ok, because most likely you have a fireplace inside where you can make s’mores as well. The hearth creates a nice place to warm that chocolate and you can still turn s’more making into a community undertaking.

6) Take the necessary safety steps

Nothing ruins a good s’more faster than a burnt hand or out of control fire. Anytime you create a fire, it’s important to follow the necessary safety steps. Since making s’mores requires you (and often younger children) to be closer than normal to the fire, safety is even more important.

Smokey Bear provides a complete list of campfire safety rules, but here are a few that relate specifically to making the best s’mores:

  • Only create a fire for s’mores in a safe fire pit or fireplace
  • Never get too close to the fire or touch the flames
  • Keep s’more ingredients far away from the fire – not only could they melt, but an entire bag or box could fall into the fire and cause problems
  • Always supervise children around fires and while making s’mores
  • Have water nearby so the fire can be put out completely when necessary
  • Never wave roasting forks around, especially if there is a flaming marshmallow on it
  • Be careful not to touch the flame side of the roasting fork with your fingers – it’s hot!

7) Teamwork makes the dream work

Depending on how long your roasting fork is, it can be quite difficult to place a marshmallow between two graham crackers using just your two hands. The graham cracker might break, the chocolate could fall out, or you might only get 10% of the marshmallow inside the sandwich while the rest explodes out the side.

But teamwork makes the dream work! As you roast marshmallows, ask a friend to prepare your ingredients of choice and then help you make your s’more. You’ve got a much better shot at keeping everything together and properly proportioned. Once you’ve had your own delicious s’more, you can return the favor for your friend.

This principle is especially true with younger kids. It’s great to involve them in the s’more making process, but they’re more prone to hurting themselves or destroying the s’more when they do it themselves. Give them a helping hand and give them a s’more experience they’ll remember for years. Odds are, they’ll remember the person who taught them how to make s’mores for much longer than they remember what their first s’more tasted like.

8) Use the best firewood for the best s’mores

There was a time when I believed that making a good s’more over an open fire required a certain level of smoke inhalation. This was because, as a kid, we would build fires using wood that had just fallen from trees and was still pretty wet. This unseasoned wood would create a lot of smoke, and it was only a matter of time before the wind changed and you got smoked out.

When you cook s’mores over a fire with Cutting Edge Firewood, however, things are different. We deliver the best firewood available, period.

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So what does this mean for making s’mores?

First, our firewood creates less smoke. You don’t have to suffer through copious amounts of smoke in your eyes just to enjoy a s’more!

Second, our firewood is easier to light. A single match is all you need and you’ll have a crackling fire burning in no time. This takes the stress out of starting a fire and saves you (and every other s’more eater) substantial time.

And third, Cutting Edge firewood burns hotter and longer. Want to make a s’more now? Great! Go for it! Still want to make a s’more an hour later? No problem! Keep the fire going with the best firewood available and you’ll get to enjoy the best s’mores all night.

Shop quality firewood today so you can be ready for your next s’mores adventure.

Your turn: Do you have any tips or tricks for making s’mores? Leave a comment below!

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July 29, 2018

When you’re sitting around your fire pit, enjoying another warm summer evening with family and friends, one of the best ways to set the mood is with music.

Maybe you play the guitar yourself, and you’re looking for a batch of new songs to cover. Or maybe you have no business playing a guitar, and you’re just trying to put together a playlist on your phone.

Here are a few summer time songs that can truly complement the crackling of the kiln-dried firewood as it burns in your fire pit:

“Take Me Home, Country Roads,” by John Denver

This wistful country song will always get you in the mood for a relaxing night around the fire pit with your friends and family. Plus, if you want to play it on your own guitar, it’s easy to find the chords online.

“Carolina In My Mind,” by James Taylor

This is another song that will inevitably evoke nostalgic memories of the South–perfect for watching the sun go down on an August evening as you savor the last few weeks of August.

“Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

With this upbeat family favorite, you’re sure to have everyone singing along. Even though you live in Georgia, not Alabama, this tune will get everyone in the spirit for a great night around the fire pit.

“American Pie,” by Don McLean

A favorite among adults and kids alike, this is another song that will have your friends and family singing along with the chorus. Plus, the song’s all-American themes are ideal for fireside parties around the 4th of July or Labor Day, especially if you’re using your fire pit to cook up traditional American comfort foods like hot dogs and s’mores.

“Cheeseburger in Paradise,” by Jimmy Buffett

This fun song will definitely set the tone if you’re grilling burgers over your fire pit. Regardless of whether or not you share Jimmy Buffett’s particular condiment and side dish preferences (“I like mine with lettuce and tomatoes, Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes!”), you’ll always be end up with a great patty when you use gourmet cooking wood. The smoke from this wood will impart a unique flavor to the meat–for instance, you’ll get a sweeter flavor with cherry wood and a more savory taste with pecan wood–and the delicious results will surely put your friends and family in the mood to clap along to”Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

“Tim McGraw,” by Taylor Swift

A slightly more contemporary option, this song comes from Taylor Swift’s mostly-country first album, and it tells the story of a romantic night between young lovers by a lake. The song’s nostalgic themes will evoke the sentimental feelings that you already get when you spend a night around the fire pit, enjoying the unmistakable aroma of kiln-dried firewood and the good company of the people you love.

“Rocky Mountain High,” by John Denver

Even though this song is technically about Colorado–far away from the Atlanta area, where you’ll be burning your kiln-dried firewood–the imagery in the lyrics about “friends around the campfire” makes the song an essential addition to any fireside playlist. Plus, it’s another song with a relatively simple chord progression, which means that you may be able to play it yourself if you want!

“Bad Moon Rising,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

This song can directly illustrate the progression of your night as you watch the sun go down and the moon come up as you sit around the fire pit. Because it is slightly uptempo, it can also lighten the mood around the fire pit so your guests won’t get sleepy from all the nostalgic country songs, and you’ll get to make the most of the long burn time of your kiln-dried firewood. With regular-sized firewood, you can expect the longest burn time from hickory wood. Oversized firewood will burn for even longer, with uncut rounds offering the maximum possible burn time for your longest get-togethers–when you’ll definitely need more than these 10 songs for your playlist!

“On Top of Old Smokey”

You can find lots of versions and renditions of this old American folk song–although the most popular one you can find online may be the 1951 version by The Weavers. This song will definitely bring you back to your youth, and it’s a fun one to sing if you’re trying to entertain kids around your fire pit.

“Long Nights,” by Eddie Vedder

This song, which is from the Into the Wild soundtrack, might well be described as traditional fireside strumming. It can be a good one to play as the night starts to wind down and your fire starts to burn lower. When it’s finally time to turn off the playlist, put away your guitar, and call it a night, don’t forget to place your steel cover over your fire pit. That way, you’ll be sure that none of the embers reignite while you’re dreaming of your next fireside get-together, the sounds of great fireside music still streaming through your mind.

Regardless of you musical preferences, Cutting Edge Firewood wants you to have a great time around the fire pit this summer. Visit our order page now to get everything you need!

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July 25, 2018

It’s no secret that kids love camping, but you can’t take them to the mountains or the lake every weekend.

One simple alternative is to host a camping trip in your own backyard. You can set up a tent, spend the evening around the campfire, and make the most of the warm weather by sleeping outside under the stars. Your kids can invite their friends and have a great, memorable night.

Here are a few tips that can help you make your backyard camping party a success.

1) Get the campfire started quickly.

Kids are notoriously impatient, and waiting to start a fire is no exception.

In order to get your party started off on a positive note, you’ll want to make sure you have everything in place to get your fire started fast. In addition to your kiln dried firewood, you should also have oak or hickory kindling at the ready. And if you have fresh heart pine on hand, it can help you get the fire started even faster.

The kids can even help you set up the kiln dried firewood, kindling, and heart pine in your fire pit, and you’ll have the fire underway so quickly that you won’t have to worry about losing their attention.

If you really want to impress the kids with a fast fire start, consider using a Cutting Edge Firewood cigar match. When used with our fire starters and premium wood, you’ll only need a single match. The kids will definitely be impressed by your ability to get your fire started with one strike of the map! Cutting Edge boxes have everything you need for a fast, easy, and gorgeous fire.

2) Plan a kid-friendly menu.

This isn’t complicated.

When kids think about camping, there are just two foods they want to eat: hot dogs and s’mores. These are the ideal menu items for your backyard campfire party, and with kiln-dried or gourmet cooking firewood, they’re bound to taste better than anything the kids would have cooked up on a “real” camping trip.

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With our roasting forks, it’s easy to cook marshmallows and hot dogs evenly on all sides, and you can cook two hot dogs or four marshmallows at the same time, so you’ll have no problems feeding the crowd. Plus, because you have access to more ingredients in your house than you would out in the wild, you can try out some mouthwatering alternative s’mores recipes and use unique condiments to make hot dogs more fun.

3) Help the Kids set-up their tent

Learning to set-up a tent is an important skill for kids who love camping. It requires teamwork and is a great opportunity for them to practice working together.

Make sure you’re nearby and can help them as required. It should be a challenge, but not so difficult that the kids decide they’re better off going inside. This, of course, means you need to know how to set-up the tent! So make sure you have a plan and help the kids set-up the tent so they can move quickly to the fun.

4) Teach the kids how to tend the fire safely.

Whenever there’s a campfire going, kids have a tendency to want to poke at the flames–even if it means getting a little too close for comfort. Not only can this be dangerous, but it may not be good for the fire, depending on how their poking rearranges the logs on the fire pit.

At your backyard camping party, you can take the opportunity to teach kids how to maintain a fire–but safely, using a fire iron. A fire iron is long enough–almost 4 feet–to keep your kids a safe distance from the fire, but they can still arrange and rearrange the wood in the fire in order to optimize burn time and create pockets of heat for roasting hot dogs and s’mores.

5) Make sure the fire is fully extinguished before the kids go to bed.

For safety’s sake, you definitely don’t want your fire pit rekindling during the night, when all the kids are asleep in the tent. With a firmly-fitting steel fire pit cover, you can eliminate this possibility. A fire pit cover will completely cut off the supply of oxygen to the fire, so there’s no chance that any of the embers will be able to rekindle and end up setting some of the remaining wood in your fire pit ablaze.

If you don’t have a fire pit cover, then teach the kids how to extinguish the fire with water. Use plenty of water, stir everything around, and add even more water. Learn more about extinguishing campfires safely.

6) Plan to start a fire in the morning.

Just as you would on a real camping trip, you should plan to keep the party going in the morning. For the kids, there’s nothing quite like waking up in the tent to the aroma of kiln dried firewood.

You can also use the fire pit to cook up your breakfast. For instance, you can use roasting forks to cook up breakfast sausages, or you can make homemade pancakes over the flames with your skillet. For an even sweeter breakfast, consider concocting a breakfast s’mores recipe with bananas and peanut butter alongside the standard marshmallows and chocolate. For more ides, check out our 7 tips for cooking over a campfire.

Are you ready?

Don’t let a trip to the store for firewood prevent you from hosting a backyard campout. Cutting Edge Firewood offers complementary artisan delivery to local customers and great shipping options across the United States. It couldn’t get any easier!

Stock up on everything you need for a successful party by visiting our shop page now!

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