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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

MSR Strike Igniter

rated 4 of 5 stars The MSR Strike Igniter is a reliable fire starter that is not affected by wet conditions or high altitudes. Although it requires two hands to operate and weighs an ounce more than a Bic lighter, there are enough strikes in this unit to light a thru-hiker's stove and campfire as he/she conquers all three of the U.S. long trails. With this in your pack, you'll never fear of lighter failure. When Trailspace assigned me the MSR Strike Igniter for Review Corps testing, they requested that I use it multiple… Full review

SE Magnesium Fire Starter

rated 5 of 5 stars Your attention please: Now with new improved pictures of FIRE! Finding a flint and steel fire-starter is no challenge. What if I told you this is a flint and steel fire starter that sits in a magnesium block, and that the magnesium ACTUALLY WORKS!! Not enough? I also include pictures of fire in my review. Now that's a Friday review for ya! Read on! I had this type of magnesium-block fire starter before, so I had a certain expectation of how well the magnesium should shave off the block and how well… Full review

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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Zippo Replacement Flint
Zippo Replacement Wick
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches
Coghlan's Fire Disc
UCO Survival Matches
Coghlan's Fire Sticks
UCO Long-Burn Matches
Lightning Nuggets Firestarters
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
$3 - $4
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Waterproof Matches
UCO Stormproof Matches
$3 - $6
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
Coghlan's Fire Lighters
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Maya Dust
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
Zippo Waxed Tinder Sticks
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
$6 - $7
SOL Fire Lite with Tinder Quik
$6 - $10
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
$7 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
$7 - $9
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
$8 - $12
Kovea Igniter
Adventure Medical Kits Spark-Lite
$8 - $10
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
$9 - $14
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
Primus Flame Lighter
$10 MSRP
Liberty Mountain Polystriker Fire Starter
Primus Ignition Steel
$13 - $14
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter
$13 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
$14 - $19
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout 2.0
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter
Solo Camping Lighter
Light My Fire FireLighting Kit
$16 - $19
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter
$20 - $23
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army
user rating: 3 of 5 (12)
Soto Pocket Torch
Zippo Windproof Lighter
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
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