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 Top Fire Starters For Camping and the Outdoors

Hypothermia, uncooked foods, and being unable to start a campfire are some of the worst things you can experience when camping in the wilderness. Getting the fire started can be a challenge especially to those who didn’t have survival training or haven’t experienced getting stuck and making use of the resources they can find. This generation of campers and backpackers are lucky because of the many resources they can bring and use to make outdoor adventures more bearable.

One of the most important survival tools you need in camping, backpacking, and other outdoor activities is a reliable fire starter. Why not bring matches or lighters? Sure, you can bring them just in case you want to be sure things will go fine in the heating department, but matches can get wet and lighters will run out of fluid. Fire starters, however, are your emergency go-to, can last longer, and some even withstand water and other conditions. You can pack additional materials to accelerate the fire starting such as cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly, tinder, dried lint, or candles.

So, before you head out to your next adventure, here are the top fire starters for camping and the outdoors that you can bring to spark your trip.

Survival Spark Magnesium Survival Fire Starter

Compliments Complaints
  • It throws great spark 
  • Easy to use 
  • It is compact 
  • The whistle is included in the pack 
  • With built-in compass
  • Magnesium rod detaches after a few strikes 
  • Striker is flimsy 
  • Compass does not work well

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Swiss Safe 5-in-1 Survival Fire Starter

Compliments Complaints
  • The handle feels solid
  • Striking the flint sparks very well 
  • Has sturdy construction 
  • Easy to ignite a fire 
  • Compass is included
  • The rope is too short
  • Compass may not work well 
  • Whistle quite hard to use

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überleben Zünden Survival Ferro Rod Fire Starter

Compliments Complaints
  • Takes little effort to start a fire 
  • Allows for great hand grip 
  • Simple and convenient to use 
  • It is waterproof
  • Includes cord and striker blade that other brands do not
  • Top of the rod is bent 
  • Rod falls out of the handle 
  • Not glued enough

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The Friendly Swede Magnesium Flint Fire Starter

Compliments Complaints
  • Very lightweight and easy to pack 
  • Even a little spark ignites 
  • The scraper works flawlessly
  • Striker tool has a bottle opener 
  • Fits well on your palm and pocket
  • Ferro rod wears out quickly 
  • Does not shave well for others 
  • Too small to use properly

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Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Army Fire Starter

Compliments Complaints
  • Spark hot enough to light lint 
  • It is lightweight and compact 
  • It is waterproof 
  • Rod can last many strikes 
  • Comes with a whistle
  • It is quite small 
  • The whistle produces weak sound 
  • The lanyard is short to give room to strike

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