Fire Starters


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less than $25
$25 - $49.99
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Recent Fire Starter Reviews

FireSteel GobSpark Armageddon

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the only firesteel I recommend now. It's never let me down and throws very hot sparks. This rod is great for survival training, bushcrafting, and as an emergency combustion source in your pack. I teach survival programs here on the West Coast of Canada. It's cold and wet a large part of the year. I have tried over a dozen different brands of ferro rods over the years and nothing beats my Gobspark Armageddon.  It's very well made. In the first model I used, I broke the handle off and the… Full review

Soto Pocket Torch XT

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Awesome telescope feature on a jet type lighter. They do burn down gases in between the trigger and burner. It is a fact of life. I have enjoyed the distance between my fingers and the other fuel's ignition immensely! Like my propane BBQ. Had two and used them up over a year each!. I have enjoyed the distance between my fingers and the other fuel's ignition immensely! Like my propane BBQ or the rustic pine shavings to start my fire pit. "in my front yard" "Tennessee style!" About to step out of… Full review

Primus PowerLighter

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The outdoor lighter optimized for lighting the stoves and campfires. Supports refilling from standard gas canisters via optional quite expensive adapter. Very convenient for outdoor use. During more than 10 years in backpacking and camping I tried numerous ways for lighting the stoves and campfires. None of them were perfect though: the matches are expendable and prone to getting wet, consumer lighters are exhausted quickly and may drain gas into your gear. I’d used the fire stone for couple of… Full review

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


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

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SE Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter
Adventure Medical Kits Spark-Lite
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
Adventure Medical Kits TinderQuik Refill
Baladeo Fire Starter
Brunton Firestorm Stormproof Lighter
Brunton Primus PowerLighter
Brunton Striker
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter
Campmor Traditional Flint & Steel
Coghlan's 36-hour Survival Candle
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
$4 - $6
Coghlan's Fire Disc
Coghlan's Fire Lighters
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Coghlan's Fire Paste
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
$5 - $10
Coghlan's Refillable Flex Lighter
Coghlan's Refillable Gas Lighter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Tempest Lighter
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Waterproof Matches
DAC Technologies Windproof/Water-Resistant
Diamond Brand Strike Anywhere Matches
Diamond Brand Strike-a-fire Starters
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
eGear Delta Lighter
eGear Fire One Butane Lighter
eGear Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter
eGear Windmill Trekker Lighter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac FireRod
$25 MSRP
Exotac Matchcap
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac Matchcap XL
$29 - $31
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker
$27 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Exotac NanoStriker XL
$25 - $29
Exotac PolyStriker
$12 - $13
Exotac tinderTIN
$6 - $7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Armageddon
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Army
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel GobSpark Armageddon
$18 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
$10 - $12
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Kovea Igniter
Liberty Mountain Magnesium Fire Starter
Liberty Mountain Nanostriker Fire Starter
Liberty Mountain Polystriker Fire Starter
$14 - $16
Light My Fire Barbecue FireSteel
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