I was a little skeptical when I saw that they were long and thin but I was pleasantly surprised when I lite one and they started immediately and I had a fire going in no time. They burned for 20 to 25 minutes and the wood caught immediately. Another nice thing about them is that you don't need a shread of paper.This means less ash and less fireplace cleanup. That is a definate plus. I really like them and I just ordered another bunch, if I don't use them in the winter that I will use them in my firepit outside on cool summer nights. I would definately recommend them, they make using a fireplace a pleasure.