Fire Starters

Brand

UCO
Light My Fire
FireSteel
Soto
Primus
Gerber
Exotac
other
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Vargo

User

Unisex

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 and above

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

UCO Stormproof Matches

rated 5 of 5 stars Dependable flame, every time. At one point in my life I was a professional pyrotechnician and owned my own business. We shot professional shows and designed electronic firing systems. After having to ignite fireworks in practically every weather condition imaginable (and after having just about every failure you can think of!) the one thing that always worked for us was Orion road flares. These matches are just like emergency road flares. They strike when wet. They burn reliably and predictably… Full review

Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope

rated 4 of 5 stars Nothing fancy, but reliably useful. Tinder on a Rope is precisely what the name suggests and is nice to have as a backup for fire starting. Conditions: I’ve used the Tinder on a Rope several times this past year, in a variety of conditions ranging from cold, damp spring to hot, humid summer, with success each time. The worst (i.e. wettest) conditions I used it in was after a seemingly out-of-nowhere summer rainstorm snuck up on us in the latter part of the afternoon while on a three-day canoeing… Full review

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

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

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Matches reviewed Jan 13, 2018
$8
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope reviewed Jan 8, 2018
$4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel GobSpark Armageddon reviewed Jul 4, 2017
$18 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Soto Pocket Torch XT reviewed Jun 1, 2017
$20 - $24
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Primus PowerLighter reviewed May 30, 2017
$22 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter reviewed Mar 11, 2017
$10 - $12
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit reviewed Mar 3, 2017
$10
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Exotac NanoStriker XL reviewed Feb 16, 2017
$25
 
Fatwood reviewed Feb 15, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch reviewed Feb 9, 2017
$17 - $24
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter reviewed Jan 15, 2017
$6 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter reviewed Jan 8, 2017
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
U.S. Military Fire Starter Trioxane Fuel Bars reviewed Nov 10, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Coghlan's Fire Paste reviewed Nov 9, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit reviewed Apr 22, 2016
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Waterproof Matches reviewed Apr 22, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches reviewed Nov 29, 2015
$5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac Matchcap XL reviewed Oct 20, 2015
$32
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker reviewed Oct 20, 2015
$27 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch reviewed Sep 7, 2015
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks reviewed Aug 6, 2015
$2 - $3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter reviewed Mar 13, 2015
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter reviewed Jan 12, 2015
$20
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
InstaFire reviewed Jan 5, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter reviewed Dec 17, 2014
$40 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac FireRod reviewed Sep 22, 2014
$22
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit reviewed Jul 18, 2014
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon reviewed Jun 18, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce reviewed Jun 5, 2014
$15 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool reviewed Apr 17, 2014
$9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini reviewed Apr 2, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter reviewed Mar 31, 2014
$13 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SE Magnesium Fire Starter reviewed Mar 28, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder reviewed Mar 16, 2014
$10
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 reviewed Mar 11, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout reviewed Mar 8, 2014
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter reviewed Nov 16, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter reviewed Nov 13, 2013
$10
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Maya Dust reviewed Oct 14, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie reviewed Sep 5, 2013
$8 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo High Polish Chrome Lighter reviewed May 16, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter reviewed Apr 13, 2012
$39
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Waterproof Matches reviewed Dec 10, 2011
$3 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army reviewed Nov 7, 2011
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit reviewed Nov 6, 2011
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Army reviewed Aug 6, 2011
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches reviewed Apr 17, 2011
$6 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Tempest Lighter reviewed Feb 28, 2011
discontinued
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter reviewed Feb 22, 2011
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Solo Storm Lighter reviewed Feb 21, 2011
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