Fire Starters

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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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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter reviewed Mar 11, 2017
$12 - $18
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit reviewed Mar 3, 2017
$8 - $9
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Exotac NanoStriker XL reviewed Feb 16, 2017
$25 - $29
 
Fatwood reviewed Feb 15, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch reviewed Feb 9, 2017
$17 - $19
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope reviewed Feb 9, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter reviewed Jan 15, 2017
$6 MSRP
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter reviewed Jan 8, 2017
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
U.S. Armed Forces 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
$5
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
$2
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
$19
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
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
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
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce reviewed Jun 5, 2014
$19 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool reviewed Apr 17, 2014
$13
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
$16
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
$4 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 reviewed Mar 11, 2014
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout reviewed Mar 8, 2014
$13
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
 
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
$16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit reviewed Nov 6, 2011
$5
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Soto Pocket Torch XT reviewed Sep 20, 2011
$24
 
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
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter reviewed Feb 10, 2011
$5 - $10
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
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