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$25 - $49.99
$50 and above

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

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

Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder

rated 5 of 5 stars I like having a couple of these fire starters in my bag. Not many things are more frustrating than having trouble getting a fire going. I recently bought these in a 5-pack from Walmart just to try them out. I am so pleased with them! These things come individually wrapped and are very small (about the size of a strawberry) and lightweight. I like these things because it kind of takes the hassle out of trying to get a fire going.  We gathered wood and kindling and piled the kindling around this… Full review

Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars Dependable firestarter, easier than magnesium bars, better than matches. I've replaced matches, bic lighters, and magnesium bars with the Swedish Firesteel as my primary firestarter. The firesteel is beautiful in its simpliclity. It doesn't matter if it's wet or dirty, or crammed in the bottom of your pack for 2 years, it always throws hot sparks. It is incredibly lightweight and small, has no moving parts, and fits into just about any pocket. The handle on both the striker and steel are cupped… Full review

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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Zippo Replacement Flint
Zippo
Replacement Flint
$1
Zippo Replacement Wick
Zippo
Replacement Wick
$1
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches
UCO
Strike-On-Box Matches
$2
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck
Zippo
Campfire Starter Cedar Puck
$2
Coghlan's Fire Disc
Coghlan's
Fire Disc
$2
Coghlan's Fire Sticks
Coghlan's
Fire Sticks
$2
UCO Survival Matches
UCO
Survival Matches
$3
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Waterproof Matches
$3
UCO Long-Burn Matches
UCO
Long-Burn Matches
$3
Lightning Nuggets Firestarters
Lightning Nuggets
Firestarters
$3
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman
Waterproof Matches
$3 MSRP
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
Adventure Medical Kits
Tinder-Quick
$3 - $4
UCO Stormproof Matches
UCO
Stormproof Matches
$3 - $6
Light My Fire Maya Dust
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire
Maya Dust
$3 - $4
Coghlan's Fire Lighters
Coghlan's
Fire Lighters
$4
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire
Tinder on a Rope
$4
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Lantern Lighter
$4
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Emergency Tinder Kit
$4 - $5
Coghlan's Fire Paste
Coghlan's
Fire Paste
$4 - $5
Mautz Fire Ribbon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz
Fire Ribbon
$5
Zippo Waxed Tinder Sticks
Zippo
Waxed Tinder Sticks
$5
REI Storm Proof Matches
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI
Storm Proof Matches
$6 MSRP
Light My Fire TinderSticks
Light My Fire
TinderSticks
$6
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
UCO
Stormproof Match Kit
$6 - $7
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Sparkie
$6 - $14
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Mini
$6 - $9
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Magnesium Fire Starter
$7 - $8
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
Solo Scientific
Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
$7
SOL Fire Lite with Tinder Quik
SOL
Fire Lite with Tinder Quik
$7 - $10
MSR Handheld Piezo Igniter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Handheld Piezo Igniter
$7 - $9
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
WetFire Tinder
$8
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan
Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
$8 - $12
Adventure Medical Kits Spark-Lite
Adventure Medical Kits
Spark-Lite
$8 - $10
Liberty Mountain Magnesium Fire Starter
Liberty Mountain
Magnesium Fire Starter
$9
Kovea Igniter
Kovea
Igniter
$10
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Scout
$10 - $12
Primus Flame Lighter
Primus
Flame Lighter
$10 MSRP
 
Liberty Mountain
Polystriker Fire Starter
$12
Primus Ignition Steel
Primus
Ignition Steel
$13 - $14
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout 2.0
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Scout 2.0
$13 - $15
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel 2.0
$14 - $19
MSR Strike Igniter
NEW!
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR
Strike Igniter
$16
Solo Camping Lighter
Solo
Camping Lighter
$16
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Floating Lighter
$16 - $19
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter
Solo Scientific
Aurora Fire Starter
$16 - $23
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber
Bear Grylls Fire Starter
$17
Soto Pocket Torch
user rating: 3 of 5 (12)
Soto
Pocket Torch
$18 - $19
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Army
$20
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter
Vargo
Titanium Flint Lighter
$20
Zippo Windproof Lighter
Zippo
Windproof Lighter
$20
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