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Recent Fire Starter Reviews

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

Coghlan's Fire Paste

rated 4 of 5 stars I wouldn't hesitate to carry it again and have my grandson carrying/using it now. I used it many times in some rough, cold, and windy conditions. Smart though to carry another form of firestarter too...like a flare ;) just in case. Full review

Coghlan's Fire Paste

rated 3.5 of 5 stars An easy quick starter for your stove or fire when you don’t feel like going through the old-fashioned way. However, it doesn’t perform as well as other options in adverse conditions. Summary I have been carrying Coghlan’s Fire Paste for about a year in all seasons to test it as my regular firestarter. It replaced other standard firestarters in my pack like Coghlan’s Fire Sticks, Emergency Tinder, and homemade Vaseline cotton balls, although I continued to carry these as a backup and comfort… Full review

Exotac NanoStriker XL

rated 5 of 5 stars This little striker works in any weather conditions and after being submerged. And it weighs about the same as a Bic lighter, but you get twice as many strikes. I have used the Exotac NanoStiker XL for approximately one year in all conditions, including winter camping. This striker is super dependable and durable. You could drop it off a cliff into a river, pull it out, and it will still work. I like the way the case seals both the rod and striker off from the elements. There is also a bit of room… Full review

UCO Stormproof Match Kit

rated 5 of 5 stars Okay, hopefully my final review of matches! These matches are amazing, and are now kept in our emergency kits, should we ever need to start a fire in extreme conditions. The matches are heavy duty, definitely waterproof, and the case and extra strikers make this a solid, though not expensive, addition to any emergency outdoor gear kit. We purchased this set of 25 matches,as part of the UCO set which includes a waterproof case, 25 matches, and 2 extra striker strips. These guys are heavy duty! Strong… Full review

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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Zippo Replacement Flint
$1
Zippo Replacement Wick
$1
UCO Long-Burn Matches
$2
Diamond Brand Strike Anywhere Matches
$3
UCO Survival Matches
$3
Lightning Nuggets Firestarters
$3 - $5
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Waterproof Matches
$3 MSRP
Coghlan's Refillable Flex Lighter
$3
Coghlan's Fire Lighters
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks
$4
UCO Stormproof Matches
$4 - $7
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope
$4
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
$4 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Coghlan's Fire Paste
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
$5 - $7
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
$5
Light My Fire TinderSticks
$5
Coghlan's 36-hour Survival Candle
$5
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
$5 - $8
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches
$6 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon
$6
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Sweetfire Strikeable Fire Starter
$6 MSRP
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches
$6 - $9
Light My Fire MayaSticks
$7
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
$7
Exotac tinderTIN
$8
 
Kovea Igniter
$8
Liberty Mountain Magnesium Fire Starter
$9
SOL Fire Lite with Tinder Quik
$9 - $10
Exotac PolyStriker
$10 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter
$10
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit
$10
Primus Ignition Steel
$10
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
$10
Adventure Medical Kits Spark-Lite
$10
Primus Flame Lighter
$10 MSRP
SOL All-Weather Fire Cubes
$10 - $12
Liberty Mountain Polystriker Fire Starter
$12
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout 2.0
$12 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
$13
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
$13
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
$15 - $18
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter
$16
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch
$16 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army
$17
 
Light My Fire Grill'n Chill Kit
$17
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Soto Pocket Torch XT
$18 - $24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker
$19
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