Fire Starters

Brands

Exotac
SOLKOA
Mautz
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Doan
Light My Fire
MSR
other
Soto
Zippo

Genders

Unisex

Price

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

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

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

Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini

rated 5 of 5 stars It just WORKS! This thing just WORKS! I could end it there, but allow me a moment of your time and  I'll embellish a little. I've used this to start everything from dry pine needles and leaves to sawdust to a white gas stove. Cotton balls with a dab of hand sanitizer catch the spark perfectly. The striker throws a spark far enough to light an alcohol stove (soda can, Vargo or Trangia) or safely ignite my Svea 123R. I now carry one in each of my packs, one in each vehicle, and a spare in my expedition… Full review

MSR Strike Igniter

rated 4 of 5 stars The MSR Strike Igniter is a reliable fire starter that is not affected by wet conditions or high altitudes. Although it requires two hands to operate and weighs an ounce more than a Bic lighter, there are enough strikes in this unit to light a thru-hiker's stove and campfire as he/she conquers all three of the U.S. long trails. With this in your pack, you'll never fear of lighter failure. When Trailspace assigned me the MSR Strike Igniter for Review Corps testing, they requested that I use it multiple… Full review

SE Magnesium Fire Starter

rated 5 of 5 stars Your attention please: Now with new improved pictures of FIRE! Finding a flint and steel fire-starter is no challenge. What if I told you this is a flint and steel fire starter that sits in a magnesium block, and that the magnesium ACTUALLY WORKS!! Not enough? I also include pictures of fire in my review. Now that's a Friday review for ya! Read on! I had this type of magnesium-block fire starter before, so I had a certain expectation of how well the magnesium should shave off the block and how well… Full review

Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder

rated 5 of 5 stars I like having a couple of these fire starters in my bag. Not many things are more frustrating than having trouble getting a fire going. I recently bought these in a 5-pack from Walmart just to try them out. I am so pleased with them! These things come individually wrapped and are very small (about the size of a strawberry) and lightweight. I like these things because it kind of takes the hassle out of trying to get a fire going.  We gathered wood and kindling and piled the kindling around this… Full review

Top-Rated Fire Starters

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Exotac FireRod
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac FireRod reviewed Sep 22, 2014
$25 MSRP
SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit reviewed Jul 18, 2014
$20 MSRP
Mautz Fire Ribbon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon reviewed Jun 18, 2014
$5
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce reviewed Jun 5, 2014
$17 - $19
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool reviewed Apr 17, 2014
$8 - $12
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini reviewed Apr 2, 2014
$7 - $9
MSR Strike Igniter
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter reviewed Mar 31, 2014
$13 - $15
SE Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SE Magnesium Fire Starter reviewed Mar 28, 2014
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder reviewed Mar 16, 2014
$7
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 reviewed Mar 11, 2014
$14 - $19
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout reviewed Mar 8, 2014
$10 - $12
Soto Pocket Torch
user rating: 3 of 5 (12)
Soto Pocket Torch reviewed Dec 26, 2013
$20
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter reviewed Nov 16, 2013
MSR Handheld Piezo Igniter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Handheld Piezo Igniter reviewed Nov 13, 2013
$7 - $9
Light My Fire Maya Dust
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Maya Dust reviewed Oct 14, 2013
$4
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope reviewed Oct 14, 2013
$4
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie reviewed Sep 5, 2013
$5 - $14
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo High Polish Chrome Lighter reviewed May 16, 2013
InstaFire
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
InstaFire reviewed Aug 31, 2012
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches reviewed Jul 20, 2012
$3 - $4
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter reviewed Apr 13, 2012
$23 - $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
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter reviewed Nov 7, 2011
$15
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit reviewed Nov 6, 2011
$4 - $5
Soto Pocket Torch XT
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
REI Storm Proof Matches
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches reviewed Apr 17, 2011
$6 MSRP
Coleman Tempest Lighter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Tempest Lighter reviewed Feb 28, 2011
discontinued
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter reviewed Feb 22, 2011
$4
Solo Storm Lighter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Solo Storm Lighter reviewed Feb 21, 2011
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter reviewed Feb 10, 2011
$7 - $8
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch reviewed Oct 27, 2010
$20 - $24
FireSteel Armageddon
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Armageddon reviewed Oct 8, 2010
Primus PowerLighter
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
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch
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
$8
Coghlan's Fire Sticks
Coghlan's Fire Sticks
$2
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck
$2
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches
$2
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter
$13 - $19
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
$3
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter Carry Case
$7
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter
Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starter
$16 - $23
Light My Fire FireLighting Kit
Light My Fire FireLighting Kit
$16 - $19
Zippo Replacement Flint
Zippo Replacement Flint
$1
Coghlan's Fire Lighters
Coghlan's Fire Lighters
$4
 
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter
$16
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