Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Review: I Bought & Tested It
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Rating and Summary
These Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks offer great bang for your buck; they extend to a maximum length of 45 inches, they’re sturdy and heavy duty, not flexing much even when roasting multiple hot dogs, and they’re highly inexpensive.
However, I found that the handle wasn’t that comfortable for me, and it lacks color coding, which is a great feature that kids love. But I still do think that these are a great pick for kids especially. Let me explain why, and please read on to find out!
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Here’s what we’ll discuss here:
- In the Box
Here’s what the packaging of the Briout Extra Long Marshmallow Roasting Sticks looked like:
In the Box
The Briout Roasting Sticks come with a storage pouch, and a set of 10 stainless steel roasting sticks.
Here are my personal measurements of the Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks:
- Extended length: 45.5 inches, or 116 cm.
- Retracted length: 12 inches, or 30 cm.
- Distance between the tines: 3 inches, or 8 cm.
- Weight of 1 roasting stick: 66 grams, or 2.4 ounces.
- Weight of storage pouch: 13 grams, or 0.5 ounces.
- Material of rod: stainless steel.
- Material of tines: Type 304 stainless steel.
- Material of handle: rubber.
- Material of pouch: feels like canvas.
The Briout Roasting Sticks pack down small, but telescope to a maximum length of 45 inches when in use to put you at a safe distance away from the fire.
The tines or prongs are not too sharp, but they come with these orange colored tip protectors just to be safe.
The storage pouch has a drawstring opening.
Testing and Performance
I put the Briout Extra-Long Marshmallow Roasting Sticks through these 4 tests:
- Ease of Use
- Ease of Clean Up
Here’s how the Briout Sticks performed.
The Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are pretty heavy duty, and at a length of about 32 inches, the Briout Sticks can hold 4 hot dogs without flexing or bending too much. Here’s what it looked like with 4 hot dogs at 32 inches:
However, at its maximum length of 45 inches, the Briout Roasting Stick has significantly more flex. Again, here’s what it looked like with 4 hot dogs:
As for marshmallows, the Briout Roasting Sticks can hold 4 marshmallows easily without any flex even at its maximum length of 45 inches.
The tines are not too close together, so by skewering 2 marshmallows on each tine, each Briout Roasting Stick can hold 4 marshmallows easily.
Ease of Use
The Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks retract and telescope easily and smoothly, and it remains at the extended length firmly. I think they telescope the most smoothly of any of my roasting sticks.
When I used the Briout Roasting Sticks to roast hot dogs, the hot dogs did not slip into the fire even when I hung them vertically downwards, because both tines went through the hot dogs, making them more secure.
However, when I roasted marshmallows with the Briout Sticks, when I hung them downwards as well, you can see a little bit of slipping from the traces of marshmallow goo. This is probably because only 1 tine went through each marshmallow, which feels less secure.
Also, the tines are quite thick and heavy duty, so more heat was probably conducted through it. But the good thing here is that my marshmallows did not slip into the fire.
The Briout Roasting Sticks do not come with rotating axles, but it’s not difficult to rotate the stick just by rotating the handle. 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.
The tines are a bit sharp, so it was easy for me to skewer both hot dogs and marshmallows. I did not roast meats, but I don’t think skewering meats would be a big issue.
To clean the Briout Roasting Sticks, I just tossed them in soapy water for a couple of hours and they were clean with no residue or marshmallow goo, even without scrubbing.
The Briout Marshmallow Roasting Sticks have tines that are made of Type 304 stainless steel, which is food grade. After soaking my Briout Roasting Sticks in water for cleaning and not drying them after, I did not notice any rust forming.
The handle is made of rubber with finger indents. Personally, I’m not a big fan of this. The finger indents don’t really fit my fingers well, and I don’t find it comfortable. Also, the rubber smells just a bit, but to be fair, it’s quite faint.
As for the storage pouch, packing up the sticks into the pouch is easy and not a tight fit.
Pros and Cons
For pros, I felt that the Briout Roasting Sticks were very inexpensive. Even though it’s not expensive, the Briout Sticks were still sturdy and heavy duty at your average roasting stick length of about 32 inches, and can roast anything from marshmallows to multiple hot dogs.
It also extends to a maximum length of 45 inches for additional versatility, though there’s much more flex at this length. I did not put this as a con because naturally the longer the length, the more the flex. But just something to bear in mind.
As for cons, I felt that the handle was not comfortable, because the finger indents did not fit my fingers well. Also, the Briout Roasting Sticks do not come in different colors.
Another thing to note here is that the tines of the Briout Sticks protrude outwards, so when I was skewering hot dogs, I felt that the hot dogs had a higher tendency to be misshapen. It wasn’t a big thing for me though, so I did not put this as a con.
Would I recommend the Briout Extra Long Marshmallow Roasting Sticks?
Overall, I felt that the Briout Roasting Sticks provided great value for money. They’re really quite inexpensive, and there’s lots of versatility. For smaller campfires, you can stick to a length of 32 inches for added sturdiness, but for larger campfires, these Briout Sticks extend all the way to 45 inches.
It does have its flaws though. For example, I wish the handles were made of wood instead of rubber, and I personally felt that these finger indents were not comfortable. It would also be nice if these came in different colors too.
Despite the cons, I think this is a solid case where the pros outweigh the cons, and I think these Briout Roasting Sticks are great value for money especially if you need to purchase for a large group of people.
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