Yes, just remove the plastic wrap. There are no chemicals to worry about. Follow the directions and enjoy.
About an hour.
No had to add wood to get heat.
Yes, you remove the plastic and burn the whole thing, wire and all.
All the bricks at once. The fire igniter is only one thing in the center so you can’t pull it apart and burn it in pieces over different days. I mean, I guess you could, but then it’s just firewood.
You could use multiples. I did use other firewood after lighting this since mine would not stay lit by itself.
You could. It is basically the same compressed logs that you would buy instead of firewood.
Yes, I believe it is safe for cooking. Our family uses it to make smores. We looked specifically for logs that wouldn't be toxic.
Pat, There are 6 bricks in a package.