Fire Starters

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

NEW!
Kupilka FireSteel 8 added Sep 12, 2019
$21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Element Firebiner added Aug 12, 2019
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Fire Starter Magnesium added Jun 19, 2019
$9 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Lightning Nuggets Lightnin' Bug added May 29, 2019
$3
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Schrade Ferro Rod Fire Striker added Dec 27, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac titanLIGHT added Aug 14, 2018
$50 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Flint Striker added Jun 17, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel GobSpark Armageddon added Jul 4, 2017
$18 MSRP
 
Fatwood added Mar 3, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter added Jan 15, 2017
$4
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter added Jan 8, 2017
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
U.S. Military Fire Starter Trioxane Fuel Bars added Nov 10, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit added Jan 15, 2016
$4 - $9
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Exotac nanoStriker XL added Oct 21, 2015
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac MatchCap XL added Oct 20, 2015
$29 - $33
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac nanoStriker added Oct 20, 2015
$27 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Emberlit Flint and Steel added Oct 17, 2015
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac fireROD added Sep 22, 2014
$25 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit added Jul 18, 2014
$20 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Optimus Sparky added Jun 25, 2014
$8 - $12
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Optimus Burny added Jun 25, 2014
$23 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SE Magnesium Fire Starter added Mar 28, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter added Jan 3, 2014
$12 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter added Nov 16, 2013
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope added Sep 29, 2013
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter added Feb 21, 2013
$8 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter added Nov 24, 2012
$20
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
InstaFire added Aug 31, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter added Jul 18, 2012
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army added Jan 2, 2012
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Waterproof Matches added Dec 10, 2011
$3 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Waterproof Matches added Nov 6, 2011
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Army added Aug 6, 2011
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter added Jun 23, 2011
$13
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit added Jun 5, 2011
$8
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Soto Pocket Torch XT added Apr 19, 2011
$22
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Armageddon added Oct 8, 2010
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Primus PowerLighter added Sep 29, 2010
$22 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo High Polish Chrome Lighter added Jul 22, 2010
$26
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon added Jul 6, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Tempest Lighter added May 13, 2010
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Solo Storm Lighter added May 7, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches added Apr 30, 2010
$6 MSRP
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter added Apr 29, 2010
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter added Apr 29, 2010
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter added Mar 23, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit added Mar 8, 2010
$5
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 added Mar 8, 2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini added Mar 8, 2010
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch added Feb 26, 2010
$58