Fire Starters

Brands

Ultimate Survival Technologies
Light My Fire
Coghlan's
Exotac
Snow Peak
MSR
Vargo
Zippo
Soto
Gerber

Genders

Unisex

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 and above

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

Exotac NanoStriker XL

rated 5 of 5 stars Throws a nice spark, kinda like a glob if you get it right. Takes up no room. Best $20 I've spent in awhile. This pic below shows it. The first pic is a mini Maglite.As you can see it's a good size broken down. I would bet my life on this guy and getting my fire going. They give you several different color options and a smaller version. It really is a quality built piece of gear. Definitely worth the money. Full review

Coghlan's Waterproof Matches

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Since we do a lot of canoe camping, and camp in all weather, having waterproof matches seemed like a good idea. These matches will light when (lightly) wet, but I certainly will not purchase them again. These are a perfect example of "you get what you pay for." Inexpensive matches = poor quality. Yes, you get a lot of matches in this package...but we have found that so many break while you are trying to light them, that probably only half are actually usable. The stick portion is very flimsy and… Full review

Exotac Matchcap XL

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great waterproof match case that can hold approximately 20 UCO Stormproof matches and includes both strike anywhere and red phosphorous striking surfaces. I bought the Matchcap XL a few years ago as an upgrade from my Exotac Matchcap, which was a great match case, but a bit small for my taste. The Matchcap XL gave me another great waterproof match case, but extended the available striking surface and made it easier to carry both matches and tinder for wet day / emergency fires. After carrying… Full review

Exotac NanoStriker

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Exotac Nanostriker is my go-to fire starting tool. The rod and striker pack into a single piece for compact, non-jingling carry in or on your pack, ferrocerium sparks even when wet, and the ferrocerium rods are replaceable. I picked up my first Nanostriker about seven years ago. Since then, I have gone back for three more (they keep wandering off with friends / relatives!). I use this little ferrocerium rod for backpacking stoves, campfires, and once to light a BBQ at a wedding (just to prove… Full review

Soto Pocket Torch

rated 2 of 5 stars Does NOT work at 11,996 feet elevation. Does work at 5,724 feet elevation. I only attempted to use it at those two elevations so I do not know the maximum elevation at which it will work. I live in Colorado, so the Soto Pocket Torch is collecting dust in my basement, awaiting my next garage sale. Full review

Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent, effective, and affordable fire starter tinder that light easily with match or lighter as well as with a ferrocerium rod. Perfect for inclement weather or for those occasions when you don't want to wrestle with seeking dry natural tinder. Great for backpackers, car campers, hunters, and more. Those who frequent backcountry areas with established campsites and fire rings often enjoy the classic thrill of being warmed by or even cooking over an evening camp fire, but adverse weather conditions,… Full review

Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter

rated 4 of 5 stars A great lightweight and dependable fire starting tool that takes up hardly any space and works in any weather. The flint is readily replaceable, making this a good long term investment. From Vargo Outdoors: A trusty Titanium tool which gives a dependable spark even in the worst conditions. This spark lighter even works after being doused with water, this is a great choice if you want a reliable way of lighting a stove whilst still being super lightweight. A built-in clip lets you easily store this… Full review

Zippo Windproof Lighter

rated 4 of 5 stars Old reliable — it's been in pockets all over the world in all situations for nearly a century. Zippo's wick lighters, the 'windproof' lighters, have been used around the world since the 1930s. The design has hardly changed, aside from updating materials, in all that time. Parts from a 1940s zippo will fit into a modern day Zippo. I carried WWII era Zippo for over a decade and the only time it let me down was when I forgot to fill it. I currently have a modern production Zippo and it's just as… Full review

InstaFire

rated 1 of 5 stars Insta-Fire Fire Starter is product that did not live up to its claims. This user was provided a package of Insta-Fire that was suppose to light up to four fires. However, I was unable to light even one in wet conditions. Let me start by saying my fire building skills are probably less than PillowThread's. That is why my rating is so different from his. Let me go back to the beginning... I wouldn't call my neighbor Carrie a “groupie,” but she sure loves to bring me stuff to try in the outdoors. Full review

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
$20 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
$4 - $5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker XL
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac Matchcap XL
$32
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker
$22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter
$8 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
$10
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter
$39 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter
$14
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter
$16
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
$5
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope
$5
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Soto Pocket Torch XT
$25
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
$19
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
$5
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
$8
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit
$10
 
Kovea Igniter
$8
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck
$2
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches
$10
Exotac Matchcap
$17 - $24
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches
$2
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter
$14 - $19
Exotac PolyStriker
$12
 
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
$7
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter
$20
Zippo Replacement Flint
$1
Primus Ignition Steel
$9
SOL All-Weather Fire Cubes
$10 - $12
Coghlan's Fire Disc
$2
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
$7
Zippo Replacement Wick
$1
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout 2.0
$10 - $17
Lightning Nuggets Firestarters
$3 - $6
Liberty Mountain Polystriker Fire Starter
$12 - $17
UCO Long-Burn Matches
$3
Solo Camping Lighter
$15
UCO Survival Matches
$2
UCO Stormproof Matches
$4 - $7
SOL Fire Lite with Tinder Quik
$10
 
SolHuma Waterproof Fire Starter
$5
Exotac tinderTIN
$8
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