There’s nothing more mesmerizing than a campfire. The sound of crackling, the smell of the smoke, and the flickering of the flames. Except if those flames magically turn colors right? I bought this product in the sporting good section of Walmart some time ago and thought it was time to give it a try. My test subjects were my 3 and 8 year old daughters and my wife.
I built a small fire in our metal fire pit on our patio and after getting it going fairly well, added this 1 packet to the flames.
Initially, it did change the color of the flames a little bit. Perhaps my expectations were a little too high, so I added another packet. I did achieve better results and my daughters did enjoy identifying the different colors that were produced. The colored flames showed up on and off for about the next 30 min or so and when they would disappear, we weren’t sure if the additives were used up or not. Several different times, I stoked the fire and added another small piece of wood and the colored flames would reappear. It was often enough to keep their interest for a bit.
As far as color variations, the photo on the box showed a significant amount of red coloring, which got my 3 year old daughter pretty excited, since her favorite color is red, but we didn’t see much more red than the reddish orange and deep goldens that a regular fire would contain. That may have been a little disappointing, but we did get some very nice greens, blues and purples.
If you want to try this, my recommendations would be as follows…If you decide you want to roast marshmallows, do the roasting before adding the color packets to the flames. Then add all 3 packages at once and locate them on 3 different sides of the campfire. That way you should get a more even coloring through out.
All in all, it was a beautiful evening for a backyard campfire. The funky flames did add a little extra something to what was already a relaxing and enjoyable evening spent together as a family…away from the television! Give it a try for an easy campfire variation. It might just add a little extra campfire magic to the family time memories spent with your kids.
Disclosure: I purchased this product using my own funds.