Mautz Fire Ribbon
Historic Range: $3.50-$5.95
Instant fire in a tube.
- Seems to work all the time
- Excellent backup fire
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". One time during winter when my climbing partner and I had the conversation "I thought you brought the stove", we found out the Mautz was telling the truth! The Fire Ribbon not only lit the wet wood, but burned hot enough to dry the wood sufficiently to cook our dinner. Never again will I go out without it.
There are some "bargain" brands competing with Mautz, but I've found Mautz still outperforms the competition.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: ??
Works great to start fires in damp conditions. Lights quickly and burns hot.
Downsides are petroleum smell that can get on hands or gear and the rather large size of the tube.