Fire Starters

Brands

Vargo
Zippo
InstaFire
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Exotac
SOLKOA
Mautz
Doan
Light My Fire
MSR

Genders

Unisex

Price

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

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

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

InstaFire

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

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

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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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
$45 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac FireRod reviewed Sep 22, 2014
$25 MSRP
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
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce reviewed Jun 5, 2014
$20 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool reviewed Apr 17, 2014
$8 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini reviewed Apr 2, 2014
$7 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter reviewed Mar 31, 2014
$14 - $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
$8 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 reviewed Mar 11, 2014
$14 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout reviewed Mar 8, 2014
$10 - $12
user rating: 3 of 5 (12)
Soto Pocket Torch reviewed Dec 26, 2013
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter reviewed Nov 16, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Handheld Piezo Igniter reviewed Nov 13, 2013
$8 - $9
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Maya Dust reviewed Oct 14, 2013
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope reviewed Oct 14, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie reviewed Sep 5, 2013
$10 - $14
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo High Polish Chrome Lighter reviewed May 16, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches reviewed Jul 20, 2012
$3 - $4
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter reviewed Apr 13, 2012
$13 - $59
 
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
$20
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter reviewed Nov 7, 2011
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit reviewed Nov 6, 2011
$4 - $5
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Soto Pocket Torch XT reviewed Sep 20, 2011
$25
 
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
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Solo Storm Lighter reviewed Feb 21, 2011
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter reviewed Feb 10, 2011
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch reviewed Oct 27, 2010
$20 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Armageddon reviewed Oct 8, 2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Primus PowerLighter reviewed Sep 29, 2010
$22 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter reviewed Mar 23, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch reviewed Mar 17, 2010
$40
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Helios Storm Lighter reviewed Jun 28, 2008
discontinued
 
Kovea Igniter
$10
Coghlan's Fire Sticks
$2
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck
$2
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches
$2
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter
$17 - $19
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
$4
 
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
$7
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter
$16
Light My Fire FireLighting Kit
$16
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