Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout

3 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Reviews

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The Light-My-Fire Scout is a dependable tool for starting…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $10

Summary

The Light-My-Fire Scout is a dependable tool for starting a fire or lighting a stove. For me, it has worked in every condition and has become my primary method.

Pros

  • Always creates a spark, even wet.
  • Only has two parts
  • Compact and lightweight

Cons

  • Tinder needs be fairly fine for sparks to catch well when starting a fire.
  • Takes some practice to be most effective.

I initially bought the LMF Scout mostly on a whim and because I thought it would be a fun way to start a fire.   After spending some time learning how to use it, I learned which tinder and grade worked best to effectively start a fire. Lighting a stove is a cinch and really takes no practice. As I continued to use it, I realized that I didn’t need matches or a lighter as a backup and have dropped them from my fire making kit.  

Here is a short demonstration:

In conclusion, the LMF Scout is an effective fire starter that I have come to depend on when getting a fire going or lighting a stove. The simplicity of the tool is quick to master with a little practice and can be used as a principal method or tucked away as a backup means when needed.

G00SE MODERATOR

John, great review. I'm currently testing an MSR product for the Review Corps, and my video is almost identical to yours.


4 months ago
PNW_John

Thanks G00SE. Hope I didn't steal any thunder....


4 months ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Great minds think alike...


4 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

No thunder to steal! More like a gurgling stomach. :P


4 months ago
David Drake

"I initially bought the LMF Scout mostly on a whim and because I thought it would be a fun way to start a fire."… Great review, John! I have the LMF Mini and bought it for two reasons… for the same reason you initially bought yours and, a couple of times, I altogether forgot to carry any form of fire starter prompting me to take excessive measures and purchase the mini along with several lighters and, concurrently, carrying matches. Love 'em!


4 months ago
PNW_John

Thanks David. I hate it when I forget things I need. When that happens to me, I get OCD and check 3 or 4 times that I have everything before I leave the next time.


4 months ago
David Drake

Isn't that funny! Checking 3 or 4 times then carrying 3 or 4 of the same items to compensate.


4 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

I keep a list on my computer of everything I take with me. As I pack, I go right down the list and make sure it's all there.


4 months ago
PNW_John

Yeah, I should start a list. Right now, I have items binned for quick access and that has worked pretty well. However, I have gone out on a backcountry flyfishing trip, forgot a stringer and oil to cook the fish :(


4 months ago
Lah

thanks for including the video...great review!


4 months ago
PNW_John

Thanks Lah. It seemed like the best way to capture how well the thing works.


4 months ago
Lah

Like you, I also stopped carrying a lighter and only use the FireSteel, but usually just to start my canister stove. Once that is lit, you can use the stove to light anything else, but carefully:). Actually, I bought the mora knife/striker combo, which I like very much. I'll try to do a video similar to yours with the knife. Simple but effective.


4 months ago
PNW_John

I would like to see that. I have looked at the Mora/striker combo before but, figured I already have a striker that works fine. I also have two Moras, the classic #2 and the Companion HD. They are great knives for money.


4 months ago
0

I got one of these from Europe. At first, I was suspicious…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $4

Summary

I got one of these from Europe. At first, I was suspicious about how such a technology could light a fire (which is hard enough in good conditions when you don't know what you're doing). I tried it on some dry grass that had gotten soaked in a downpour, and after about 20 strikes, I lit my fire. So it does work. And it seems to me that the rod itself will last for many years — all my strikes hardly smoothed the surface at all.

Pros

  • It works on wet fuel.
  • It is highly transportable, and a good camping aid.

Cons

  • I like ultra-lightweight goods, so this could have been more compactly made.

At first, this wasn't easy to use. But after a few minutes and gripping like heck, I got the movements correct. From then on, it was very easy. And it was fun watching the sparks fly.

I also felt it was safe to pack away immediately afterwards without the hazard of heat or flame erupting — and that's a good thing.

It's very simple, and it does live up to expectations.

It is well made. It's pretty hard not to make a well-made rod of iron, isn't it? You can feel it is really solid, so I have confidence in mine. Mine is new, so ask me in a few years if it's stood up to the test of time, which I am sure it will.

I've only used it 3 times, and on each occasion, I had to work to get my flame, but got it fairly easily. And that was the objective. I used it in the dry, the breeze and the wet — it works, with varying levels of success depending on the conditions, but it does light fires in all cases I tried.

A worthwhile invention.

0

This is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $15

This is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It starts a fire quick and the fire steel even works when wet. It seems to work better the firmer the scrape is, so make sure you get a good firm scrape on the fire steel to get the most spark possible. No baby scrapes. The element also comes with a coating so before you use it for the first time make sure scrape it all off.

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Manufacturer's Description

Originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, Swedish FireSteel fire starter is a flash of genius. Its 3,000°C (5400°F) spark makes fire building easy in any weather, at any altitude. Used by a number of armies around the world, Swedish FireSteel's dependability has already made it a favorite of survival experts, hunters, fishermen, and campers. It has also found its way into cabins and backyards as a foolproof way to light stoves and gas barbecues.

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Retailers' Descriptions

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Originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, Swedish Light My Fire FireSteel Scout is a flash of genius. Its 3,000C spark makes fire building easy in any weather, at any altitude. Used by a number of armies around the world, Swedish FireSteel's dependability has already made it a favorite of survival experts, hunters, fishermen and campers. It has also found its way into cabins and backyards as a fool-proof way to light stoves and gas-barbecues.

- CampSaver.com

CLOSEOUTS . The Light My Fire Scout fire starter utilizes Swedish Firesteel to produce a spark even when wet and cold. This handy tool is essential for hunters, backpackers and survivalists. Available Colors: ASSORTED, RED.

- Sierra Trading Post

Durable fire starter that lasts for 1,500 (mini), 3,000 (Scout), 12,000 (Army & BBQ) strikes. Works equally well when wet. Produces a 3000 degree C spark. Lights campfires, stoves & gas BBQ's. Bright spark can be used as an emergency signal. Approved by the International Survival Instructors Association. Army is Black only. Barbeque features sturdy oak handle.

- Vargo Outdoors

The Firesteel Scout from Industrial Revolution Features: Produces a 3000 C (5,500 F) spark, bright spark can be used as emergency signal Lights campfires, stoves, gas barbecues Lasts 3,000 strikes Works when wet Weight: 1.8oz

- Appalachian Outdoors