Fire Starters

Brands

U.S. Armed Forces
Coghlan's
Exotac
UCO
Soto
Vargo
Zippo
InstaFire
Ultimate Survival Technologies
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Price

less than $25
$25 and above

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

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

Coghlan's Fire Paste

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent for pressurizing SVEA stoves. I've used this stuff for decades. A small amount, about equal to what you might use as toothpaste on a toothbrush burns for about two minutes. Placed in the divot around the stove stem pressurizes the brass fuel cell on SVEA 123 and 123R stoves perfectly. If you catch it just as the flame starts to die out, you can even light the stove. It just works! As far as fire starting, I remember a trip to the West Rim Trail at the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania (in central… Full review

Coghlan's Fire Paste

rated 4 of 5 stars When there is no need to prove how woodsy you are it will get your fire going with no fuss. I squeeze it in to a small Nalgene container (clearly marked as not food) so as not to take the whole tube. It works great to prime my old Svea stove even in the winter. At the end of a long day of backpacking up and down the glacial hills of the Ice Age Trail it helped this tired camper to get a wood fire going easily. Full review

Coghlan's Fire Paste

rated 4 of 5 stars I wouldn't hesitate to carry it again and have my grandson carrying/using it now. I used it many times in some rough, cold, and windy conditions. Smart though to carry another form of firestarter too...like a flare ;) just in case. Full review

Coghlan's Fire Paste

rated 3.5 of 5 stars An easy quick starter for your stove or fire when you don’t feel like going through the old-fashioned way. However, it doesn’t perform as well as other options in adverse conditions. Summary I have been carrying Coghlan’s Fire Paste for about a year in all seasons to test it as my regular firestarter. It replaced other standard firestarters in my pack like Coghlan’s Fire Sticks, Emergency Tinder, and homemade Vaseline cotton balls, although I continued to carry these as a backup and comfort… Full review

Exotac NanoStriker XL

rated 5 of 5 stars This little striker works in any weather conditions and after being submerged. And it weighs about the same as a Bic lighter, but you get twice as many strikes. I have used the Exotac NanoStiker XL for approximately one year in all conditions, including winter camping. This striker is super dependable and durable. You could drop it off a cliff into a river, pull it out, and it will still work. I like the way the case seals both the rod and striker off from the elements. There is also a bit of room… Full review

UCO Stormproof Match Kit

rated 5 of 5 stars Okay, hopefully my final review of matches! These matches are amazing, and are now kept in our emergency kits, should we ever need to start a fire in extreme conditions. The matches are heavy duty, definitely waterproof, and the case and extra strikers make this a solid, though not expensive, addition to any emergency outdoor gear kit. We purchased this set of 25 matches,as part of the UCO set which includes a waterproof case, 25 matches, and 2 extra striker strips. These guys are heavy duty! Strong… Full review

UCO Waterproof Matches

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Last fall, I reviewed a very disappointing brand of "waterproof" matches. Since then, I have obtained two types of UCO matches, and both are amazing upgrades, and are dependable components of our fire kits. When canoe camping, and tent camping in all types of weather, we need to have reliable matches. This review is for the UCO WATERPROOF MATCHES, which we have used through last fall, winter, and early spring. These are dependably, easy to light matches, which we use for camping in all weather conditions,… Full review

Exotac NanoStriker XL

rated 5 of 5 stars Throws a nice spark, kinda like a glob if you get it right. Takes up no room. Best $20 I've spent in awhile. This pic below shows it. The first pic is a mini Maglite.As you can see it's a good size broken down. I would bet my life on this guy and getting my fire going. They give you several different color options and a smaller version. It really is a quality built piece of gear. Definitely worth the money. Full review

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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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 (2)
Exotac NanoStriker XL reviewed Sep 23, 2016
$29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit reviewed Apr 22, 2016
$5 - $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
$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
$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
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
$25
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
$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
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 reviewed Mar 11, 2014
$15 - $18
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
$7 - $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
 
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
$17
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter reviewed Nov 7, 2011
$19
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 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch reviewed Oct 27, 2010
$20
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
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches
$6 - $9
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