I have been a customer of Insta-Fire for several years and I haven't crinkled newspaper since I started using this product. Insta-Fire burns hot enough to start my fires with sticks and logs rather than twigs and paper. It is reliable whether I'm camping or just in my back yard. It burns well enough to start a fire even in inclement weather. As an outdoorsman, it is a valuable tool. I have been very satisfied with Insta-Fire.