Fire Starters

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

Coleman Fire Starter Magnesium

rated 2 of 5 stars 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

UCO Stormproof Matches

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Lightning Nuggets Lightnin' Bug

rated 3.5 of 5 stars 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

Schrade Ferro Rod Fire Striker

rated 3 of 5 stars 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

Exotac titanLIGHT

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Coghlan's Flint Striker

rated 3 of 5 stars 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

UCO Stormproof Matches

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope

rated 4 of 5 stars Nothing fancy, but reliably useful. Tinder on a Rope is precisely what the name suggests and is nice to have as a backup for fire starting. I received these matches as a gift from Trailspace for being a Reviewer of the Month.  Conditions: I’ve used the Tinder on a Rope several times this past year, in a variety of conditions ranging from cold, damp spring to hot, humid summer, with success each time. The worst (i.e. wettest) conditions I used it in was after a seemingly out-of-nowhere summer… Full review

Optimus Burny

rated 1 of 5 stars It works, just don't plan on changing your elevation. I've always been a fan of having at least two different sources of fire-starters, especially when camping. I have a ferrocerium rod, and then this lighter. Or did at least. When in no major elevation changes, the Optimus Burny performs great, giving off a torch-like flame that quickly ignites anything you apply it to.  But elevation is this product's greatest weakness.  Once you reach an elevation higher than the one you've filled your Optimus… Full review

user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Fire Starter Magnesium reviewed Jun 19, 2019
$9 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
UCO Stormproof Matches reviewed Jun 17, 2019
$8
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Lightning Nuggets Lightnin' Bug reviewed May 27, 2019
$3
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Schrade Ferro Rod Fire Striker reviewed Dec 27, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac titanLIGHT reviewed Aug 14, 2018
$50 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Flint Striker reviewed Jun 17, 2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope reviewed Jan 8, 2018
$3
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Optimus Burny reviewed Jan 4, 2018
$23 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Optimus Sparky reviewed Jul 15, 2017
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel GobSpark Armageddon reviewed Jul 4, 2017
$18 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Soto Pocket Torch XT reviewed Jun 1, 2017
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Primus PowerLighter reviewed May 30, 2017
$22 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter reviewed Mar 11, 2017
$10 - $12
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit reviewed Mar 3, 2017
$10
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Exotac nanoStriker XL reviewed Feb 16, 2017
$25
 
Fatwood reviewed Feb 15, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch reviewed Feb 9, 2017
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter reviewed Jan 15, 2017
$6 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter reviewed Jan 8, 2017
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
U.S. Military Fire Starter Trioxane Fuel Bars reviewed Nov 10, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Coghlan's Fire Paste reviewed Nov 9, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit reviewed Apr 22, 2016
$4 - $7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Waterproof Matches reviewed Apr 22, 2016
$2
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches reviewed Nov 29, 2015
$3 - $4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac MatchCap XL reviewed Oct 20, 2015
$28
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac nanoStriker reviewed Oct 20, 2015
$27 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Emberlit Flint and Steel reviewed Oct 17, 2015
$20 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch reviewed Sep 7, 2015
$16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks reviewed Aug 6, 2015
$3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter reviewed Mar 13, 2015
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter reviewed Jan 12, 2015
$20
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
InstaFire reviewed Jan 5, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter reviewed Dec 17, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac fireROD reviewed Sep 22, 2014
$25 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit reviewed Jul 18, 2014
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon reviewed Jun 18, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce reviewed Jun 5, 2014
$13 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool reviewed Apr 17, 2014
$16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini reviewed Apr 2, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter reviewed Mar 31, 2014
$12 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SE Magnesium Fire Starter reviewed Mar 28, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder reviewed Mar 16, 2014
$9
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 reviewed Mar 11, 2014
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout reviewed Mar 8, 2014
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter reviewed Nov 16, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter reviewed Nov 13, 2013
$8 - $9
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Maya Dust reviewed Oct 14, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie reviewed Sep 5, 2013
$8
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo High Polish Chrome Lighter reviewed May 16, 2013
$27
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter reviewed Apr 13, 2012