Fire Starters

Brands

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UCO
Coghlan's
Diamond Brand
Lightning Nuggets
Coleman
Light My Fire
Adventure Medical Kits
REI
Exotac

Genders

Unisex

Price

less than $25
$25 and above

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

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

UCO Waterproof Matches

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Last fall, I reviewed a very disappointing brand of "waterproof" matches. Since then, I have obtained two types of UCO matches, and both are amazing upgrades, and are dependable components of our fire kits. When canoe camping, and tent camping in all types of weather, we need to have reliable matches. This review is for the UCO WATERPROOF MATCHES, which we have used through last fall, winter, and early spring. These are dependably, easy to light matches, which we use for camping in all weather conditions,… Full review

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

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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Zippo Replacement Flint
$1
Zippo Replacement Wick
$1
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches
$2
Coghlan's Fire Disc
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks
$2
Diamond Brand Strike Anywhere Matches
$3
UCO Long-Burn Matches
$3
UCO Survival Matches
$3
Lightning Nuggets Firestarters
$3 - $5
UCO Stormproof Matches
$3 - $7
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Waterproof Matches
$3 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope
$4
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
$4 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
$4 - $5
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
$5
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
$5
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches
$6 MSRP
Coghlan's Fire Paste
$6
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches
$6 - $9
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit
$6 - $9
Exotac tinderTIN
$6 - $7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
$7
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
$8
 
Kovea Igniter
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter
$8 - $9
SOL All-Weather Fire Cubes
$8 - $12
 
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
$9
Primus Ignition Steel
$9
Exotac PolyStriker
$10 - $11
SOL Fire Lite with Tinder Quik
$10
Primus Flame Lighter
$10 MSRP
Liberty Mountain Polystriker Fire Starter
$12 - $17
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter
$13 - $15
Solo Camping Lighter
$15
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout 2.0
$15
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker
$19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch
$20
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Primus PowerLighter
$22 MSRP
Light My Fire FireLighting Kit
$23 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
$25
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Soto Pocket Torch XT
$25
Exotac Matchcap
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac FireRod
$25 MSRP
Liberty Mountain Nanostriker Fire Starter
$27
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