User Review: Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
Price Paid: $7.95
The FireSteel Mini Emergency Magnesium Sparker is a must-have for any backpacking emergency kit. I never used mine until this weekend, but thank god I had the foresight to include it in my homemade gear repair kit.
I was hiking on the Maine Appalachian Trail in early October, 2010 just after 4 inches of rain, only to discover that 1) the piezo lighter system on my isobutane stove had finally busted, and 2) I didn't have any matches in my emergency kit. With night time temperatures, in the 20's, I needed some hot food after hiking or I was going to have a few cold nights until my next town resupply, 75 miles to the south.
Luckily, I had include a mini Fire Steel in my emergency first aid and gear repair kit and I was able to use the striker to consistently light my stove for the rest of my section hike. Awesome piece of kit, and a must have for any hiker. For just $8, this is a must-have for any trip. Saved my behind - that's for sure.