Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
The Light-My-Fire Scout is a dependable tool for starting…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $10
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.
- Always creates a spark, even wet.
- Only has two parts
- Compact and lightweight
- 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.
I got one of these from Europe. At first, I was suspicious…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $4
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.
- It works on wet fuel.
- It is highly transportable, and a good camping aid.
- 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.
This is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It…
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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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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Originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, Swedish FireSteel 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 FireSteels 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.
- Ramsey Outdoor
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