Fire Starters

Brand

Ultimate Survival Technologies
Doan
Coghlan's
UCO
Snow Peak
Light My Fire
Solo
other
REI
FireSteel

User

Unisex

Price

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

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

UCO Stormproof Matches

rated 5 of 5 stars Dependable flame, every time. At one point in my life I was a professional pyrotechnician and owned my own business. We shot professional shows and designed electronic firing systems. After having to ignite fireworks in practically every weather condition imaginable (and after having just about every failure you can think of!) the one thing that always worked for us was Orion road flares. These matches are just like emergency road flares. They strike when wet. They burn reliably and predictably… Full review

Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope

rated 4 of 5 stars Nothing fancy, but reliably useful. Tinder on a Rope is precisely what the name suggests and is nice to have as a backup for fire starting. Conditions: I’ve used the Tinder on a Rope several times this past year, in a variety of conditions ranging from cold, damp spring to hot, humid summer, with success each time. The worst (i.e. wettest) conditions I used it in was after a seemingly out-of-nowhere summer rainstorm snuck up on us in the latter part of the afternoon while on a three-day canoeing… Full review

FireSteel GobSpark Armageddon

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the only firesteel I recommend now. It's never let me down and throws very hot sparks. This rod is great for survival training, bushcrafting, and as an emergency combustion source in your pack. I teach survival programs here on the West Coast of Canada. It's cold and wet a large part of the year. I have tried over a dozen different brands of ferro rods over the years and nothing beats my Gobspark Armageddon.  It's very well made. In the first model I used, I broke the handle off and the… Full review

Soto Pocket Torch XT

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Awesome telescope feature on a jet type lighter. They do burn down gases in between the trigger and burner. It is a fact of life. I have enjoyed the distance between my fingers and the other fuel's ignition immensely! Like my propane BBQ. Had two and used them up over a year each!. I have enjoyed the distance between my fingers and the other fuel's ignition immensely! Like my propane BBQ or the rustic pine shavings to start my fire pit. "in my front yard" "Tennessee style!" About to step out of… Full review

Primus PowerLighter

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The outdoor lighter optimized for lighting the stoves and campfires. Supports refilling from standard gas canisters via optional quite expensive adapter. Very convenient for outdoor use. During more than 10 years in backpacking and camping I tried numerous ways for lighting the stoves and campfires. None of them were perfect though: the matches are expendable and prone to getting wet, consumer lighters are exhausted quickly and may drain gas into your gear. I’d used the fire stone for couple of… Full review

Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I love this firestarter. It really does the job each and every time! Overall I think this is a great product and I am quite happy with my purchase!! Full review

UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit

rated 4 of 5 stars These are some of the biggest matches that you'll ever find and that for the most part meet the manufacturer's claim of being waterproof and windproof. While the weight and size of the matches may be more than most backpackers would want to carry, these matches would be a great addition to someone's camping, emergency, or survival gear. First off I would like to say that I received these matches as a gift from Trailspace for being a past Reviewer of the Month. When I first received these matches… Full review

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

Fatwood

Note, the following is a commentary on store-bought fatwood options, like the Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope. There are other better options. I work in survival training. Light My Fire's Tinder-on-a-Rope 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… Full review

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
$19 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
$4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
$8 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Matches
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch
$58
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Solo Storm Lighter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches
$6 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel GobSpark Armageddon
$18 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Tempest Lighter
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Army
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Helios Storm Lighter
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SE Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Armageddon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
$17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks
$2 - $3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac Matchcap XL
$26 - $28
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker
$27 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Waterproof Matches
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
$8
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo High Polish Chrome Lighter
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit
$10
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac FireRod
$22
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
$13 - $15
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Coghlan's Fire Paste
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Primus PowerLighter
$22 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter
$6 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
U.S. Military Fire Starter Trioxane Fuel Bars
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope
$5
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Exotac NanoStriker XL
$25 - $28
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit
$20 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
$5
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
$12
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Soto Pocket Torch XT
$25
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Maya Dust
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