Fire Starters

Brands

Zippo
UCO
Coghlan's
Lightning Nuggets
Coleman
Adventure Medical Kits
Light My Fire
SolHuma
Mautz
REI

Genders

Unisex

Price

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

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

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

Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought it new. Upon receiving, my wife washed it when she put the pants into the washer without checking the pockets. The cap was locked and the safety lock was on. When I realized it got soaked inside the washer, I took a look at the butane chamber. There was dampness inside and I left the lighter three consecutive days inside the house without closing the lid. The dampness disappeared at the end. I then read the specification and kind of understood the high quality butane requirement. A friend… Full review

Exotac FireRod

rated 4 of 5 stars A high quality fire starter tool. FIRE -- Oh Oh!! No matter how light I try to get in my pack weight, there are two things that I always keep three of: water treatment and fire starting. Call me paranoid. Anyway, along with a mini-Bic in my pack hip belt and waterproof matches in my first aid kit, I keep this little nifty tool from Exotac. It's called the fireRod — a ferrocerium fire starter (which is similar to flint/steel, but a bit easier to use and is the "flint" found in butane lighters). Full review

SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A good fire kit for anyone who may need to light a fire—camper, backpacker, hunter, or stranded traveler—especially under adverse conditions. Just familiarize yourself with the limits of the hacksaw striker, which gouges the ferro rod badly and struggles to cast sparks in the rain. SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit Note: The following review is a bit involved; please use the following outline to expedite locating information of interest to you. I. Product Specifications II. Testing III. Faststrike… Full review

Mautz Fire Ribbon

rated 5 of 5 stars Instant fire in a tube. Mautz Fire Ribbon is a naptha paste in a tube (translate that to napalm). While it can actually be used to cook with, the odor would be somewhat displeasing.  My main use for the product is for priming my gasoline stoves, especially if I need to use them in a tent. The paste is easy to place in the spirit cup of the stove, and it burns hot without the typical flaring that occurs with gasoline priming. On the package Mautz advertises the Fire Ribbon will "light wet wood". Full review

Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce

rated 5 of 5 stars This is one of the best fire starters I have ever owned. The shower of sparks that are emitted is amazing and if the tinder you are using is flammable it will light. This fire starter is ideal for survival, outdoor/adverse fire starting conditions I highly recommend this fire starter to anyone who spends time outside and is building fires or practicing survival skills. I am a true believer in the UST StrikeForce fire starter. The ferrocerium rod and striker bar emit by far one the best shower of… Full review

Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great product, magnesium is easy to shave from the bar and the flint is attached solidly. All in all a great product to have in your kit. Burns white hot as it should. Mix this with some waxed jute or other tinder and even in miserable conditions you should get a fire started. Make sure you have something to strike the flint with and something that will collect a quarter sized pile of magnesium in and you're good to go. If this is your first time using a mag bar practice in the backyard before you… Full review

Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini

rated 5 of 5 stars It just WORKS! This thing just WORKS! I could end it there, but allow me a moment of your time and  I'll embellish a little. I've used this to start everything from dry pine needles and leaves to sawdust to a white gas stove. Cotton balls with a dab of hand sanitizer catch the spark perfectly. The striker throws a spark far enough to light an alcohol stove (soda can, Vargo or Trangia) or safely ignite my Svea 123R. I now carry one in each of my packs, one in each vehicle, and a spare in my expedition… Full review

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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Zippo Replacement Flint
$1
Zippo Replacement Wick
$1
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches
$2
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck
$2
 
Coghlan's Fire Disc
$2
UCO Survival Matches
$2
Coghlan's Fire Sticks
$2
UCO Long-Burn Matches
$3
Lightning Nuggets Firestarters
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
$3 - $4
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Waterproof Matches
$3 MSRP
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
$4
UCO Stormproof Matches
$4 - $6
Coghlan's Fire Lighters
$4
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope
$4
 
SolHuma Waterproof Fire Starter
$4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
$4 - $5
Coghlan's Fire Paste
$4 - $5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon
$5
Zippo Waxed Tinder Sticks
$5
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches
$6 MSRP
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
$6 - $7
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
$6 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
$7 - $9
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
$7
SOL Fire Lite with Tinder Quik
$8 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
$8 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
$8 - $12
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
$8
Adventure Medical Kits Spark-Lite
$8 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
$10 - $12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Handheld Piezo Igniter
$10
Primus Flame Lighter
$10 MSRP
 
Liberty Mountain Polystriker Fire Starter
$12
Primus Ignition Steel
$13 - $14
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
$14 - $19
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout 2.0
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter
$16
Solo Camping Lighter
$16
Light My Fire FireLighting Kit
$16
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter
$16 - $23
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (12)
Soto Pocket Torch
$20
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter
$20
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter
$20
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
$20 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
$20 - $24
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