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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

Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars Dependable firestarter, easier than magnesium bars, better than matches. I've replaced matches, bic lighters, and magnesium bars with the Swedish Firesteel as my primary firestarter. The firesteel is beautiful in its simpliclity. It doesn't matter if it's wet or dirty, or crammed in the bottom of your pack for 2 years, it always throws hot sparks. It is incredibly lightweight and small, has no moving parts, and fits into just about any pocket. The handle on both the striker and steel are cupped… Full review

Top-Rated Survival Gear

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Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Mini
Fire Starter
$7 - $9
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Scout
Fire Starter
$10 - $12
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
StrikeForce
Fire Starter
$20 - $24
NRS Storm Whistle
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
NRS
Storm Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$9
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan
Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
Fire Starter
$8 - $12
SOL Thermal Bivvy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SOL
Thermal Bivvy
Emergency Shelter
$24 - $33
Mautz Fire Ribbon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz
Fire Ribbon
Fire Starter
$5
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
BlastMatch
Fire Starter
$20 - $24
Space All-Weather Blanket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Space
All-Weather Blanket
Emergency Shelter
$16
SOL Sport Utility Blanket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL
Sport Utility Blanket
Emergency Shelter
$18 - $22
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Emergency Tinder Kit
Fire Starter
$4 - $5
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
WetFire Tinder
Fire Starter
$8
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Army
Fire Starter
$20
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Waterproof Matches
Fire Starter
$3
Vargo Titanium Emergency Whistle
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vargo
Titanium Emergency Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$11
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak
GigaPower 2Way Torch
Fire Starter
$32 - $39
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits
Pocket Survival Pak Plus
Survival Kit
$60 - $69
MSR Handheld Piezo Igniter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Handheld Piezo Igniter
Fire Starter
$7 - $9
Harmony Fox 40 Whistle
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Harmony
Fox 40 Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$7
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel 2.0
Fire Starter
$14 - $19
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Sparkie
Fire Starter
$6 - $14
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Trekker Stormproof Lighter
Fire Starter
$29 - $59
SOL Emergency Blanket
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
SOL
Emergency Blanket
Emergency Shelter
$4 - $5
MSR Strike Igniter
NEW!
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR
Strike Igniter
Fire Starter
$13
SOL Emergency Bivvy
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
SOL
Emergency Bivvy
Emergency Shelter
$12 - $22
REI Tri-Power Safety Whistle
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI
Tri-Power Safety Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$5
Soto Pocket Torch
user rating: 3 of 5 (12)
Soto
Pocket Torch
Fire Starter
$18 - $19
SOL Escape Bivvy
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
SOL
Escape Bivvy
Emergency Shelter
$40 - $50
Coghlan's Four Function Whistle
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Four Function Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$5
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire
Tinder on a Rope
Fire Starter
$4
Light My Fire Maya Dust
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire
Maya Dust
Fire Starter
$3 - $4
SOL Origin
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
SOL
Origin
Survival Kit
$30 - $40
Soto Pocket Torch XT
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Soto
Pocket Torch XT
Fire Starter
$22 - $24
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber
Bear Grylls Fire Starter
Fire Starter
$17
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Lantern Lighter
Fire Starter
$4
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Magnesium Fire Starter
Fire Starter
$7 - $8
Gerber Bear Grylls Scout Essentials Kit
Gerber
Bear Grylls Scout Essentials Kit
Survival Kit
$49
SOL Rescue Howler
SOL
Rescue Howler
Whistle/Horn
$7 - $9
 
Gerber
Bear Grylls Survival Blanket
$10
Kovea Igniter
Kovea
Igniter
Fire Starter
$10
Coghlan's Fire Sticks
Coghlan's
Fire Sticks
Fire Starter
$2
eGear Waterproof Match Box
eGear
Waterproof Match Box
$2
Coghlan's Stainless Steel Mirror
Coghlan's
Stainless Steel Mirror
Signal Mirror/Flag
$4
Coghlan's Emergency Stove
Coghlan's
Emergency Stove
$6
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck
Zippo
Campfire Starter Cedar Puck
Fire Starter
$2
SOL Slim Rescue Howler
SOL
Slim Rescue Howler
Whistle/Horn
$5
McNett Whistle Buckle Kit
McNett
Whistle Buckle Kit
Whistle/Horn
$5
Nexus Rescue Whistle
Nexus
Rescue Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$4
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches
UCO
Strike-On-Box Matches
Fire Starter
$2
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit
Gerber
Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit
$55
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