Fire Starters

Recent Fire Starter Reviews

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

FireSteel GobSpark Armageddon

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the only firesteel I recommend now. It's never let me down and throws very hot sparks. This rod is great for survival training, bushcrafting, and as an emergency combustion source in your pack. I teach survival programs here on the West Coast of Canada. It's cold and wet a large part of the year. I have tried over a dozen different brands of ferro rods over the years and nothing beats my Gobspark Armageddon.  It's very well made. In the first model I used, I broke the handle off and the… Full review

Soto Pocket Torch XT

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Awesome telescope feature on a jet type lighter. They do burn down gases in between the trigger and burner. It is a fact of life. I have enjoyed the distance between my fingers and the other fuel's ignition immensely! Like my propane BBQ. Had two and used them up over a year each!. I have enjoyed the distance between my fingers and the other fuel's ignition immensely! Like my propane BBQ or the rustic pine shavings to start my fire pit. "in my front yard" "Tennessee style!" About to step out of… Full review

Primus PowerLighter

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The outdoor lighter optimized for lighting the stoves and campfires. Supports refilling from standard gas canisters via optional quite expensive adapter. Very convenient for outdoor use. During more than 10 years in backpacking and camping I tried numerous ways for lighting the stoves and campfires. None of them were perfect though: the matches are expendable and prone to getting wet, consumer lighters are exhausted quickly and may drain gas into your gear. I’d used the fire stone for couple of… Full review

Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I love this firestarter. It really does the job each and every time! Overall I think this is a great product and I am quite happy with my purchase!! Full review

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: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Matches reviewed Jan 13, 2018
$8
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope reviewed Jan 8, 2018
$5
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
$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 - $29
 
Fatwood reviewed Feb 15, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch reviewed Feb 9, 2017
$17
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
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Waterproof Matches reviewed Apr 22, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches reviewed Nov 29, 2015
$5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac MatchCap XL reviewed Oct 20, 2015
$29 - $33
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac nanoStriker reviewed Oct 20, 2015
$27 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
$15
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
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac fireROD reviewed Sep 22, 2014
$22
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
$21
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool reviewed Apr 17, 2014
$7
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
$4 - $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
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter reviewed Apr 13, 2012
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Coleman Waterproof Matches reviewed Dec 10, 2011
$3 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army reviewed Nov 7, 2011
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit reviewed Nov 6, 2011
$5
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel Army reviewed Aug 6, 2011
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches reviewed Apr 17, 2011
$6 MSRP