Bamboo Marshmallow Roasting Sticks (Jungle Stix): I Bought & Tested It
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Rating and Summary
The best benefit of bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks is that there’s no clean up after roasting marshmallows. You can just toss them into the fire when you’re done with them.
However, just bear in mind that bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks are naturally less sturdy than stainless steel roasting sticks; as such, it’s difficult to roast multiple hot dogs and heavier meats without the bamboo stick flexing. Please read on to check out the pictures I have below on this!
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*I personally bought my bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks from Jungle Stix back in 2020, but they seem to have been unavailable for quite some time, so I added some alternatives above.
Here’s what we’ll discuss here:
- In the Box
Here’s a picture of me unboxing the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks from the Amazon box:
In the Box
The bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks that I bought from Jungle Stix come in a set of 110 pieces:
Here are my personal measurements of the Jungle Stix Bamboo Marshmallow Roasting Sticks:
- Length: 35.5 inches, or 90 cm.
- Diameter: 5 mm, or 0.2 inches.
- Weight of 1 roasting stick: 11 grams, or 0.4 ounces.
- Material: 100% bamboo.
The Jungle Stix Bamboo Roasting Sticks are environmentally safe, and 100% biodegradable. The tips of these bamboo roasting sticks are semi-pointed and not too sharp.
The length of about 36 inches puts you at a good distance away from the fire.
Testing and Performance
I put these Bamboo Marshmallow Roasting Sticks (from Jungle Stix) through these 4 tests:
- Ease of Use
- Ease of Clean Up
Here’s how the Bamboo Roasting Sticks performed.
The bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks can hold 1 marshmallow without flexing, but starts bending quite a bit when I put 4 marshmallows on it.
It flexes even more when I use it to roast hot dogs. Here’s what it looked like with 4 hot dogs, which is a bit ridiculous:
These marshmallow roasting sticks are made of bamboo, so naturally they are less sturdy than stainless steel roasting sticks.
Ease of Use
When I used the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks to roast hot dogs, the hot dogs did not slip into the fire even when I hung them vertically downwards. This is probably because I skewered the hot dogs vertically instead of horizontally.
However, when I roasted marshmallows with the bamboo roasting sticks, when I hung them downwards as well, you can see a little bit of slipping from the traces of marshmallow goo. But the slipping is quite minimal and my marshmallows did not slip into the fire.
For that even roast, I had to rotate the entire roasting stick. The roasting stick is quite thin, so I found it more difficult to rotate than my grippier stainless steel ones. But honestly, it’s not that big of an issue for me.
I also did not notice any spinning of hot dogs or marshmallows, even though only 1 tine went through each marshmallow. There could be spinning if you’re using a bigger fire though.
With this small grill and fire, I think these bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks are relatively flame resistant and do hold up well for cooking over a fire. Here’s what it looked like after roasting a hot dog with it (which basically shows that it holds up to cooking over a fire well):
The tines are semi-pointed, so it wasn’t difficult for me to skewer both hot dogs and marshmallows. I’m not sure if these would skewer meats well, but I don’t think it’s sturdy enough for heavier meats anyway. (With 1 hot dog, it already flexes!)
After use, there’s basically no clean up. I just tossed the bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks into the fire and let them burn.
Here’s what these bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks looked like when I first threw them into the fire:
And here’s what they looked like after some time of burning in the barbecue pit:
The entire Jungle Stix Roasting Stick is made of 100% bamboo. I felt that it was solidly constructed, it’s smooth and there’s no splintering at all.
Even during roasting, these bamboo sticks remained splinter free at all times, and were always cool to the touch.
However, these bamboo roasting sticks aren’t as durable as stainless steel ones. If it’s hit too hard, it might splinter and split. Here’s what one of my bamboo sticks looked like when I accidentally hit it against a wall.
Pros and Cons
For pros, I think the biggest benefit of using bamboo roasting sticks instead of stainless steel sticks is that there’s no clean up. You can just dispose of them by tossing them into the fire. They’re also 100% biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
As for cons, I felt that these bamboo roasting sticks were not as sturdy as my stainless steel roasting sticks. These bamboo sticks are great for marshmallows but started to bend quite a bit even when I put just 1 hot dog on it. So, I wouldn’t use these for really heavy duty roasting.
They’re also not reusable, and the price can really add up if you roast often with a large group of people.
Would I recommend using bamboo marshmallow roasting sticks over stainless steel telescoping ones?
I think that these bamboo roasting sticks are great if you want to eliminate the clean up after the campfire roast. For me, that’s the main benefit of these sticks.
However, if you roast often with many people, or if you enjoy roasting heavier meats, I don’t think these bamboo roasting sticks are as cost effective and as sturdy as some of my stainless steel roasting sticks.
If this is you, which stainless steel campfire roasting sticks do I recommend?
Bonus: Must Read!
To check out other campfire roasting stick options, here’s a blog post where I bought, tested and compared 9 of the best roasting sticks.
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