Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks Review: I Bought & Tested It
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Rating and Summary
The Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks are extremely sturdy and heavy duty, and can hold 4 hot dogs with hardly any flex at all. It’s also as feature-rich as possible, complete with color-coding and rotating axles on each roasting stick.
And what’s more – these Carpathen Roasting Sticks don’t have any serious flaws. But if I were to be nit-picky, I guess I’d say that they’re a tiny (very tiny) bit stiff when extending and retracting.
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Here’s what we’ll discuss here:
- In the Box
Here’s what the packaging of the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks looked like:
In the Box
The Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks come with a storage pouch, a set of 6 stainless steel roasting sticks, a note, and spare tip protectors.
Here are my personal measurements of the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks:
- Extended length: 33.5 inches, or 85 cm.
- Retracted length: 9.75 inches, or 25 cm.
- Distance between the tines: 1.75 inches, or 4.5 cm.
- Weight of 1 roasting stick: 73 grams, or 2.6 ounces.
- Weight of storage pouch: 13 grams, or 0.5 ounces.
- Material of tines and rod: Type 201 stainless steel.
- Material of handle: natural wood.
- Material of rotating axle: BPA-free plastic.
- Material of pouch: canvas.
The Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks pack down small, but telescope when in use to put you at a safe distance away from the fire.
The tines or prongs are pretty sharp, so it comes with these red colored tip protectors.
Each Carpathen Roasting Stick also comes with a rotating axle, so you can very easily rotate the stick. The rotating axle of each roasting stick has a different color for easy identification.
The canvas storage pouch has a drawstring opening.
Testing and Performance
I put the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks through these 4 tests:
- Ease of Use
- Ease of Clean Up
Here’s how the Carpathen Campfire Sticks performed.
The Carpathen Roasting Sticks are heavy duty, and can hold 4 hot dogs without flexing or bending too much. Here’s what it looked like with 4 hot dogs:
So, of course, the Carpathen Sticks can also hold 4 marshmallows without any flex, and is super sturdy. The tines are not too close together, so by skewering 2 marshmallows on each tine, the Carpathen Roasting Sticks can hold 4 marshmallows easily.
Ease of Use
The Carpathen Marshmallow Roasting Sticks retract and telescope decently, but I did notice that they were a bit stiffer than the other roasting sticks that I have. The roasting stick with the blue rotating axle just happens to be a lot stiffer, the rest were actually not too stiff.
These sticks remain at the extended length firmly, which is good.
When I used the Carpathen 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 Carpathen 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 Carpathen Roasting Sticks each come with a rotating axle, so it’s really easy to rotate the sticks for that even roast. 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 sharp, so it was super easy for me to skewer both hot dogs and marshmallows. I did not roast meats, but I figure that it shouldn’t be a big issue skewering meats as well.
To clean the Carpathen 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 Carpathen Roasting Sticks are made of Type 201 stainless steel, which is a popular type of stainless steel used in food products. After soaking my Carpathen Sticks in water for cleaning and not drying them after, I did not notice any rust forming.
The handle is made of natural wood with a smooth finish, and is not fixed to the rod. This is to allow the rotating axle to rotate the stick. The rotating axle is made of BPA-free plastic.
Packing up the roasting sticks into the drawstring canvas pouch is easy and not a tight fit.
Pros and Cons
For pros, I found that the Carpathen Roasting Sticks are very sturdy and heavy duty, and can roast anything from marshmallows to multiple hot dogs. It also comes with a rotating axle for easy rotation, and each rotating axle comes in different colors.
As for cons, my only issue is that telescoping and retracting the Carpathen Roasting Sticks was a bit stiff.
Would I recommend the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks?
I think that these Carpathen Sticks are outstanding in terms of being heavy duty and sturdy, and it gets the job done for sure, no matter what you’re roasting. Also, it comes with rotating axles and color coding, and is as feature-rich as it can get.
Also, I did not notice any serious flaws in the Carpathen Sticks, apart from the fact that they’re a bit stiff to telescope and retract.
So yeah, these are some great quality sticks, and they’re not even that expensive.
But are these Carpathen Roasting Sticks the best on the market? Or the best for your needs?
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