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Recent Fire Starter Reviews

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

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


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

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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Zippo Replacement Flint
Zippo Replacement Wick
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck
Coghlan's Fire Disc
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks
Zippo Waxed Tinder Sticks
UCO Long-Burn Matches
UCO Survival Matches
Lightning Nuggets Firestarters
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Waterproof Matches
UCO Stormproof Matches
$4 - $6
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
$4 - $5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
SolHuma Waterproof Fire Starter
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches
Coghlan's Fire Paste
SOL Fire Lite with Tinder Quik
$6 - $9
Exotac tinderTIN
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
Kovea Igniter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter
$8 - $9
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
$8 - $9
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
Primus Ignition Steel
Exotac PolyStriker
$10 - $11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
SOL All-Weather Fire Cubes
$10 - $12
Primus Flame Lighter
$10 MSRP
Liberty Mountain Polystriker Fire Starter
$13 - $15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter
$14 - $15
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter
$14 - $19
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout 2.0
Exotac Matchcap
$17 - $21
Liberty Mountain Nanostriker Fire Starter
$18 - $26
Solo Camping Lighter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
$20 - $24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Primus PowerLighter
$22 MSRP
Light My Fire FireLighting Kit
$23 MSRP
Exotac NanoStriker XL
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