Making your braai more economical: South African company launches reusable firelighter

The ReLight reusable firelighter, made by a proudly South African company. Picture: Supplied

The ReLight reusable firelighter, made by a proudly South African company. Picture: Supplied

Published Sep 28, 2022


As temperatures rise with summer approaching and many having to find alternative cooking methods as load shedding continues, a lot of us will be firing up the braai in the coming months.

To help save on costs in getting your fire started, a company has launched a new product that will let you start a fire repeatedly.

It comes in the form of the ReLight reusable firelighter, which is made by a proudly South African company.

The ReLight jar contains two infinitely reusable stones soaked in paraffin that absorb enough fuel to light your fire without breaking down during the burning process.

“We believe life is better spent around a fire, not hunched over, struggling to light it with a single-use firelighter,” said ReLight founder Letitia Lerm.

“We looked at certain things when developing ReLight – ease of use, dependable, longevity, and being friendly to the customer’s pocket.”

The ReLight stones offer a better reusable alternative, provide a hotter, more consistent flame that burns for longer – 12 minutes – starting the fire first time, every time.

Once the fire is out and cooled, the stones are returned to the jar where they will absorb more fuel, ready to be used again.

For Letitia, ReLight is a labour of love, a tribute to her late father, Kobus, who unwittingly invented the very first ReLight prototype.

“My favourite childhood memories all revolve around fires: sizzling burgers, a good ol’ spit, Chinese-style, or a simple bring and braai enjoyed together as a family. Braaiing was a tradition in the Lerm house; something we did weekend after weekend, which led my dad, Kobus, to experiment with the very first ReLight prototype,” said Letitia.

​“When I think of his jar, I can’t help thinking of him barefoot and shirtless in his shorts, fiddling with a pair of tongs around a fire. It’s my heart’s polaroid of him. I do wish I could sit around one more fire with him and ask: ‘What’s the history behind the jar, Dad? Where on earth did you get the idea from?’ I mean, did he even realise how incredibly unique his invention was? I’ll never know. What I do know, however, is that ReLight was inspired by his ingenuity and humble nature.”

The ReLight reusable firelighter, made by a proudly South African company. Picture: Supplied

“Instead of spending money on expensive, single-use firelighters for every single braai, the reusable ReLight stones are designed to last. The only expense will be topping up the paraffin, which is cost-effective and readily available in most stores. You won’t have to buy a firelighter ever again.”

ReLight reusable firelighters are available in select retail outlets, on Takealot or direct from