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$25 - $49.99
$50 and above

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I love this firestarter. It really does the job each and every time! Overall I think this is a great product and I am quite happy with my purchase!! Full review

UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit

rated 4 of 5 stars These are some of the biggest matches that you'll ever find and that for the most part meet the manufacturer's claim of being waterproof and windproof. While the weight and size of the matches may be more than most backpackers would want to carry, these matches would be a great addition to someone's camping, emergency, or survival gear. First off I would like to say that I received these matches as a gift from Trailspace for being a past Reviewer of the Month. When I first received these matches… Full review

Exotac NanoStriker XL

rated 0.5 of 5 stars It is a great fire starter if you do not put it on a chain or neck loop. Mine came unscrewed while hiking and that was that. You'll only find out it was lost when you need it at the end of the day. Full review

Fatwood

Note, the following is a commentary on store-bought fatwood options, like the Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope. There are other better options. I work in survival training. Light My Fire's Tinder-on-a-Rope is another fine idea, but it still requires prep work and is bulky and you have to pay for it. I've used BBQ firelighters for years. I cut a few to an appropriate small size and wrap them in gladwrap and alfoil to carry in my EDC and other kits. The best ones are compressed fibre blocks that are… Full review

Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch

rated 4 of 5 stars Excellent for campfires, but for stoves... All right, I admit it. I bought one of these after seeing it on "Naked and Afraid." Please note, in the woods, I am only occasionally naked and never afraid. However, this item looked like it could be handy even for someone clothed and composed. Being seduced, I did buy. If nothing else I figured I could argue about it with cronies. Come to think, I guess I am doing that now. It is basically a standard, thick magnesium composite bar with a steel striker… Full review

Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope

rated 4 of 5 stars Tinder-on-a-Rope is a very reliable fire starter that is easy to use and functions well even after it has been exposed to moisture. It you tend to carry fire starter beyond just a pack of waterproof matches, then this would be a solid choice to carry as tinder to help start a fire. First off I want to say that I received my Tinder-on-a-Rope from Trailspace as a gift for being a past reviewer of the month. When I first received my Tinder-on-a-Rope, I kinda thought to myself well "whoopee" I just… Full review

UCO Sweetfire Strikable 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

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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Zippo Replacement Flint
$1
Zippo Replacement Wick
$1
Coghlan's Fire Disc
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Waterproof Matches
$2
UCO Survival Matches
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks
$2 - $3
Diamond Brand Strike Anywhere Matches
$3
UCO Long-Burn Matches
$3
Lightning Nuggets Firestarters
$3
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Waterproof Matches
$3 MSRP
Coghlan's Refillable Flex Lighter
$3
Coghlan's Fire Lighters
$3
UCO Stormproof Matches
$4 - $7
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
$4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
$4 - $9
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: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
$5
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches
$5 - $9
Coghlan's 36-hour Survival Candle
$5
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
$5 - $10
 
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 Strikable Fire Starter
$6 MSRP
Light My Fire MayaSticks
$7
Light My Fire TinderSticks
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
$7
Exotac tinderTIN
$8
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit
$8 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
$8 - $9
SOL Fire Lite with Tinder Quik
$8 - $10
Liberty Mountain Magnesium Fire Starter
$9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter
$10
Primus Ignition Steel
$10
Adventure Medical Kits Spark-Lite
$10
Primus Flame Lighter
$10 MSRP
SOL All-Weather Fire Cubes
$10 - $12
Zippo Brushed Chrome Lighter
$11
Exotac PolyStriker
$12 - $13
Liberty Mountain Polystriker Fire Starter
$12 - $16
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
$12 - $18
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
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout 2.0
$15
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter
$16
Solo Camping Lighter
$16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army
$16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
$17 - $19
 
Light My Fire Grill'n Chill Kit
$17
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