Fire Starters

The best fire starters, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on August 12, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Element Firebiner

Well made carabiner with fire wheel that sparked pretty much every time. Also has a sharp cutting tool, bottle cap opener, etc. Enjoyed trying out the fire wheel to get a fire started. With the tinder from Outdoor Element or other homemade ones, we were able to get a fire started in a couple of seconds each time. We got a couple of these for a recent camping trip since I thought they’d be fun to try out with the family. Having never used anything other than a lighter or matches to start a fire,… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter

I started using the UCO Sweetfire fire starter sticks this season. They have become my primary go-to for starting fires. I've used them in wet conditions and in winter without fail. I've used them in alpine conditions and in the damp Smokie Mountains in the springtime. One stick is all that you will need to get the job done. This has become an essential fire tool for me. Check out my video featuring the UCO Sweetfire:  Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Coleman Fire Starter Magnesium

The Coleman Fire Starter Magnesium is another option to get a fire started. It requires patience and persistence, but does work. It’s not the best option, but it’s never a bad idea to have alternatives to start a fire. This fire starter is my last resort. It’s not the greatest, but it works. The way that you operate this product is you take the serrated end and use that to shave pieces of magnesium off of the giant block you have. You need to get a lot off. It takes a long time because you… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
UCO Stormproof Matches

The UCO Stormproof Matches are great for all types of weather. No matter the conditions, you can count on getting a fire started with these matches. These matches are amazing. They are definitely stormproof. I’ve taken these matches with me in all seasons in all sorts of weather conditions. They haven’t failed me once. I live in Washington where it’s wet and cold seven months out of the year. I’ve started a fire with these in the rain and snow as well as in the humid summer air. These matches… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Lightning Nuggets Lightnin' Bug

A very simple fire starter that provides a good robust flame and holds up well in storage. I have had these Lightnin Bug fire starters setting in a box of miscellaneous gear for almost a year and hadn't brought them along on a trip yet and wondered if they were still any good, so I decided to take a few out of the package to see if they would still light up. The Lightnin Bug fire starters are about one inch in diameter with a flat side and are made up of resinous pine pitch wood blended with a small… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Schrade Ferro Rod Fire Striker

This is a small lightweight ferro rod and striker on a lanyard. I would recommend this item for an emergency situation, ie bug out bag, get home bag, or backup in hiking/camping gear. So I picked this item up from Amazon mainly due to the price. However, I was very pleased with the product. It appears to be well made and does throw a good amount of sparks. It is only 1/4" diameter, so if you are needing something bigger, this isn't for you. But for an emergency fire starter or a backup fire starter,… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Exotac titanLIGHT

This dependable lighter/fire starter quite simply gets the job done! The Exotac TitanLIGHT is ideal for one who frequently lights fires in the backcountry (the controlled fire!). High visibility orange keeps the fire starter from being lost When it comes to lighters/fire starters, the Exotac TitanLIGHT is one of the premier products available for getting that campfire going. Exotac is a small, family-owned business based out of Buford, Georgia. All of their products are proudly manufactured in the… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Coghlan's Flint Striker

Looks good, but as supplied does not perform. I bought this Ferro fire steel online from a very reliable survival training centre with their recommendation from students' field use where they said that it was good for over 4,000 strikes. I was therefor most surprised to find it didn't produce a spark at all with the pressed steel striker supplied. With the Light My Fire striker it was a very different story—massive spark every time. I filed and ground the Coghlan's striker to give a good 90-degree… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
UCO Stormproof Matches

Dependable flame, every time. At one point in my life I was a professional pyrotechnician and owned my own business. We shot professional shows and designed electronic firing systems. After having to ignite fireworks in practically every weather condition imaginable (and after having just about every failure you can think of!) the one thing that always worked for us was Orion road flares. These matches are just like emergency road flares. They strike when wet. They burn reliably and predictably… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
$12
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
$16
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
UCO Stormproof Matches
$5 - $7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
$7 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch
$58
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks
$3 - $4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac MatchCap XL
$29 - $33
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter
$8 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter
$4
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
$8
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo High Polish Chrome Lighter
$26
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit
$4 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter
$12 - $15
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope
$3
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Exotac nanoStriker XL
$30
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Lightning Nuggets Lightnin' Bug
$3
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch
$17 - $19
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
$3 - $4
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Optimus Sparky
$8 - $12
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
$13
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Soto Pocket Torch XT
$22
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
$5
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
$7 - $8
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Kupilka FireSteel 8
$21
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Solo Storm Lighter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches
$6 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Element Firebiner Multi-Tool / Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel GobSpark Armageddon
$18 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Army
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SE Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Armageddon
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Coghlan's Fire Paste
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac nanoStriker
$27 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Waterproof Matches
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Primus PowerLighter
$22 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac titanLIGHT
$50 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
U.S. Military Fire Starter Trioxane Fuel Bars