Fire Starters

Brands

Exotac
UCO
Coghlan's
Soto
Vargo
Zippo
InstaFire
Ultimate Survival Technologies
SOLKOA
Mautz

Genders

Unisex

Price

less than $25
$25 and above

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

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 of 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

Coghlan's Waterproof Matches

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Since we do a lot of canoe camping, and camp in all weather, having waterproof matches seemed like a good idea. These matches will light when (lightly) wet, but I certainly will not purchase them again. These are a perfect example of "you get what you pay for." Inexpensive matches = poor quality. Yes, you get a lot of matches in this package...but we have found that so many break while you are trying to light them, that probably only half are actually usable. The stick portion is very flimsy and… Full review

Exotac Matchcap XL

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great waterproof match case that can hold approximately 20 UCO Stormproof matches and includes both strike anywhere and red phosphorous striking surfaces. I bought the Matchcap XL a few years ago as an upgrade from my Exotac Matchcap, which was a great match case, but a bit small for my taste. The Matchcap XL gave me another great waterproof match case, but extended the available striking surface and made it easier to carry both matches and tinder for wet day / emergency fires. After carrying… Full review

Exotac NanoStriker

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Exotac Nanostriker is my go-to fire starting tool. The rod and striker pack into a single piece for compact, non-jingling carry in or on your pack, ferrocerium sparks even when wet, and the ferrocerium rods are replaceable. I picked up my first Nanostriker about seven years ago. Since then, I have gone back for three more (they keep wandering off with friends / relatives!). I use this little ferrocerium rod for backpacking stoves, campfires, and once to light a BBQ at a wedding (just to prove… Full review

Soto Pocket Torch

rated 2 of 5 stars Does NOT work at 11,996 feet elevation. Does work at 5,724 feet elevation. I only attempted to use it at those two elevations so I do not know the maximum elevation at which it will work. I live in Colorado, so the Soto Pocket Torch is collecting dust in my basement, awaiting my next garage sale. Full review

Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent, effective, and affordable fire starter tinder that light easily with match or lighter as well as with a ferrocerium rod. Perfect for inclement weather or for those occasions when you don't want to wrestle with seeking dry natural tinder. Great for backpackers, car campers, hunters, and more. Those who frequent backcountry areas with established campsites and fire rings often enjoy the classic thrill of being warmed by or even cooking over an evening camp fire, but adverse weather conditions,… Full review

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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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
$8 - $19
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
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
$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
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
$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
$5
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
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
$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
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
$34 - $39
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Silva Helios Storm Lighter reviewed Jun 28, 2008
discontinued
 
Kovea Igniter
$10
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches
$10
Exotac Matchcap
$25
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