Fire Starters

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Recent Fire Starter Reviews

Exotac NanoStriker XL

rated 0.5 of 5 stars It is a great fire starter if you do not put it on a chain or neck loop. Mine came unscrewed while hiking and that was that. You'll only find out it was lost when you need it at the end of the day. Full review

Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope

rated 2 of 5 stars Other options. I work in survival training. TOAR is another fine idea but it still requires prep work and is bulky and you have to pay for it. I've used BBQ firelighters for years. I cut a few to an appropriate small size and wrap them in gladwrap and alfoil to carry in my EDC and other kits. The best ones are compressed fibre blocks that are impregnated with a flammable liquid or petroleum wax. They are waterproof, ready to use, can be cut to any size you like, don't crumble or degrade and can… Full review

Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch

rated 4 of 5 stars Excellent for campfires but for stoves... Alright, I admit it. I bought one of these after seeing it on "Naked and Afraid." Please note, in the woods, I am only occasionally naked and never afraid. However, this item looked like it could be handy even for someone clothed and composed. Being seduced, I did buy. If nothing else I figured I could argue about it with cronies. Come to think, I guess I am doing that now. It is basically a standard, thick magnesium composite bar with a steel striker built… Full review

Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope

rated 4 of 5 stars Tinder-on-a-Rope is a very reliable fire starter that is easy to use and functions well even after it has been exposed to moisture. It you tend to carry fire starter beyond just a pack of waterproof matches, then this would be a solid choice to carry as tinder to help start a fire. First off I want to say that I received my Tinder-on-a-Rope from Trailspace as a gift for being a past reviewer of the month. When I first received my Tinder-on-a-Rope, I kinda thought to myself well "whoopee" I just… Full review

UCO Sweetfire Strikeable Fire Starter

rated 4 of 5 stars An interesting eco-friendly product that is excellent for lazy lighting of campfires and wood stoves in good conditions. It is extremely easy to use and burns longer than most fire starters, but does not perform as well as alternative fire starters in adverse weather. It would not be my go-to fire starter if I anticipated adverse conditions such as wind and rain, but will likely be in my pack for those weekend trips where the weather is more predictable and I want to get a fire going with the minimum… Full review

Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter

rated 4 of 5 stars The Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter is a good idea and handy gadget that functions as a spark lighter with ferrocerium (ferro) rod and bellows. I would recommend it to folks who like wood stoves and building fires, but there are better options if all you need is a spark lighter to light a stove, as the dual function and convenience result in a couple of areas that could improve. Vargo subtitles this device with “Just add fuel”, and that is fitting.  The Ultimate Fire Starter (hereafter called UFS… Full review

U.S. Armed Forces U.S. Military Fire Starter Trioxane Fuel Bars

rated 4 of 5 stars U.S. Military Fire Starter Trioxane Fuel Bars: These fire starter bars will start a fire in the winter with wet conditions. They are not as good as ESBIT. U.S. Military Fire Starter Trioxane Fuel Bars This comes with MREs.You should always have one of these in your pack for emergencies. Trioxane tabs are on eBay. They can be purchased for about fifteen cents each. The new ones are three and one half inches long. They are scored twice to break apart so you have three tabs for a nickel each. They… Full review

Coghlan's Fire Paste

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent for pressurizing SVEA stoves. I've used this stuff for decades. A small amount, about equal to what you might use as toothpaste on a toothbrush burns for about two minutes. Placed in the divot around the stove stem pressurizes the brass fuel cell on SVEA 123 and 123R stoves perfectly. If you catch it just as the flame starts to die out, you can even light the stove. It just works! As far as fire starting, I remember a trip to the West Rim Trail at the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania (in central… Full review

Coghlan's Fire Paste

rated 4 of 5 stars When there is no need to prove how woodsy you are it will get your fire going with no fuss. I squeeze it in to a small Nalgene container (clearly marked as not food) so as not to take the whole tube. It works great to prime my old Svea stove even in the winter. At the end of a long day of backpacking up and down the glacial hills of the Ice Age Trail it helped this tired camper to get a wood fire going easily. Full review

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
$13
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
$13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army
$17 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch
$40
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Coghlan's Fire Paste
$5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks
$4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac Matchcap XL
$32
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker
$19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter
$10
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
$15 - $18
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
$8 - $9
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter
$16
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Exotac NanoStriker XL
$25 - $29
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch
$16 - $19
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope
$4
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
$5
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Soto Pocket Torch XT
$19 - $24
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
$15
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
$5 - $10
 
Kovea Igniter
$8
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches
$7 - $9
Exotac Matchcap
$25
Liberty Mountain Magnesium Fire Starter
$9
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter
$17
 
Light My Fire Grill'n Chill Kit
$17
Exotac PolyStriker
$12 - $13
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
$7
Light My Fire TinderSticks
$6
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter
$16 - $23
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit
$10
Coghlan's Refillable Flex Lighter
$3
Zippo Replacement Flint
$1
Diamond Brand Strike Anywhere Matches
$3
Coghlan's Fire Lighters
$3
Primus Ignition Steel
$10
UCO Firefly Match Case & Flashlight
$20
SOL All-Weather Fire Cubes
$10 - $12
Zippo Replacement Wick
$1
Coghlan's 36-hour Survival Candle
$5
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout 2.0
$12 - $14
Lightning Nuggets Firestarters
$3
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