Best camping emergency fire starters according to redditors

We found 104 Reddit comments discussing the best camping emergency fire starters. We ranked the 42 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Camping Emergency Fire Starters:

u/Gullex · 29 pointsr/Survival

One of my favorite pieces of gear, everyone chuckles until they try it:

Makes burning bowls in wood a cinch.

u/Dearche · 10 pointsr/instant_regret

It's a similar product to one of these.

Basically it's a little tank with lighter fluid and you dip in a pseudo-match that you strike against the side of the tank in order to ignite the tip.

u/buddboy · 9 pointsr/Survival

pocket bellows. It's like a turbo charger for your fire.

u/sixtoe72 · 8 pointsr/CampingGear

Scoutmaster here. This pocket bellows for starting a fire is my favorite purchase this year:

Epiphany Outdoor Gear Pocket Bellow Collapsible Fire Tool

u/Dondervuist · 7 pointsr/Bushcraft

I use the EOG Pocket Bellows. It works amazingly.

u/notickynolaundry · 7 pointsr/CampingGear
u/brock_lee · 6 pointsr/whatisthisthing
u/faultysynapse · 6 pointsr/Bushcraft

Oh fun! $500 is a good amount to work with. I am going to assume he has absolutely nothing as you said full kit.

This folding saw is just awesome, and on sale! I've had one for many years. About $22.

This Knife is a lot more heavy duty than the Moras people will inevitably recommend (not that there is anything wrong with them). It's also a lot more expensive. I think it would make a nice gift. Also on sale. $104.

A pot $15.

A Silnylon tarp $63.

Gotta have paracord $10

There are a lot of firesteels out there but this one was uber cheap and looks just like the one I've had for years. >$2.

I would HIGHLY recommend a small forest of Hultafors, Wetterlings, or Gransfors Bruks make. I couldn't find a good link for them on Amazon. They'll be about $150

All told that list(including and axe) is about $360 before tax and shipping) Obviously a pack to put it would top it all off and bring you pretty close to $500 mark. It's just too personal a choice and I can't begin recommend one.

What stuff if any does he have already? A blanket or sleeping bag could be a good choice. A small alcohol stove too.

u/NatesYourMate · 5 pointsr/CampingGear

I picked up this thing for about $11, it's called the Pocket Bellows V3.

You don't need it, that much can be established. However, it is just long enough for you to not have to have your face that close to the fire, effectively allowing you to never get smokey eyes while building up your campfire, and to me, it's totally worth every cent.

u/endlessvoid94 · 5 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

After the essentials, I'd honestly recommend a pocket bellows. I got it as a gift and I've used it to assist construction of every single fire I've made for the last several years.

It's definitely not an "essential" item. You can obviously start fires without it. But it's quite nice.

u/Prosapiens · 4 pointsr/EDC

Gorruck 34L GR2 Coyote Tan - a good bag, heavy, uncomfortable, probably give it to my grandchildren in like 50 years

Flip Flops - generic things

Bigblue 28W solar charger - very good, can charge my battery up during the day if i leave it in the sun which I've never really done honestly

Jakemy hardware tools - seamed useful? i've never needed this

Army glove shells - i thought i used these a lot and were indistructable but now that i think of it, i don't use them that often and are probably pretty cheaply made.

Sharpie, pen, all weather notebook - probably should switch over to a fisher space pen...

Straws - these are probably already broken.

Whistle - really really really loud

Fire-striker, matches, lighter - i'm not sure i have enough ways to start a fire

Fresnel lens - ok, now i have enough

LED flashlight - i used to go running in the middle of the night with this flashlight, its tiny

LED flashlight - this isn't the one i have but looks kinda similar? i don't remember where i got mine

Earbuds - generic cheap earbuds

Leatherman Surge - given to me by my wife for passing the bar. thanks wife!

First Aide kit - i put mine together from stuff i've stolen from friends houses whenever i go over and use the bathroom

playing cards - these look very similar to the ones i have, they are plastic so they won't get rained on

glasses/ sunglasses - i have really bad vision

personal hygiene kit - aahhhh dry shaving

Sawyer Mini / syringe, collapsible canteen (dirty), heavy duty straw - i've never used this

collapsible canteen (clean) - i've never used this either

sewing kit - i've used this a lot

ID tags - i guess if i get blown up they'll know my blood type?

garbage bag - for when my pockets are full

elastic bands - i use these when packing to keep rolled socks and things from falling apart

Salt - i have nooooo idea why i have this

cooking grate - i'm not going to hold meat over a fire with a stick like some sort of caveman

heavy duty ziplock bag - in case my mapcase breaks and other reasons

rip-patch - leftover from when i needed a pack because i bought a crummy cheap inflatable sleeping pad.

Army Fleece Beanie - i always keep this at the top of my pack

4 Bungie Cords - not the one i use but similar. to make a field-expedient shelter

Trowel - for disposal of biological wastes

Lensatic compass - because GPS should only be a backup

Pocketboy 130 folding saw - i have a bigger one for yardwork, this small one is really great

Tent stakes - for tent staking

Ravpower 26800 Battery - use this all the time can fast chage my stuff

Battery Battery holder, cables, wall charger - all fits togehter like glove!

Army Poncho - wear it, make a tent out of it etc

Microfiber towel - not the one i use but similar. i mainly use this for when the kids accidentally fall in a lake like they tend to do for some reason

Down Jacket - cheap chinese knockoff... i feel bad for not buying american

Wet weather top - not sure this is worth the space/weight

Wet Weather bottom - not sure if this is worth the weight/space

Silkweights - PJs! and warmth

Jungle Blanket - this is a lot better than the army's woobie. lighter and warmer

Gransfors Bruks Wildlife Hatchet - again, gift from wife. she wanted me to chop things and be more manly, generally. now i come home with parts of wildlife for her to cook

Map of New England - or, how i stopped worrying and love dismounted land navigation

PT belt - keeps me safe in all situations

Compression straps - i don't like lashing things to the outside but i guess i can if i wanted to

Fork and Spoon - stole these from the kitchen. i'll probably be replacing this soon with something titanium.


EDIT: i just priced it out: $1,585.08 total

u/reddilada · 4 pointsr/CampingandHiking

Pocket Bellows makes a nice stocking stuffer.

u/Andimia · 4 pointsr/camping

I made the mistake of subscribing to monthly camping box. The previous month's box looked awesome and came with a camping pillow (something I needed) and a bunch of other stuff for $25 so I signed up with the intention of getting one and canceling. I ended up with three months of the box before I was able to get the cancel function on the site to work. The second box I got came with pocket bellows.

When everything is damp and we're car camping we often used a lid from a tote box or an empty cardboard box to fan the fire but now we have this little thing and it works amazingly. It gets a lot of condensation in it by the end of the night but it's fun to use if you get past the spit. It's great for backpacking too and it's got a nice little carrying case so you don't have to worry about it getting bent in your pack. It's simple, it works. I love this stupid little thing.

u/Rambo_Brit3 · 4 pointsr/lifehacks

Uh.... Why would I bother with this BS when I can just get stormproof matches:

u/splatterhead · 3 pointsr/Bushcraft

Define "big"?

These are 1/2 inch by 6 inch in a pack of two.

They work well.

u/judge_ned · 3 pointsr/dayz

when workshops are fully functioning will we be able to craft crossbow bolts?

Are there any plans to extend the range of wildlife past bears?

Did you consider making the wolves afraid of fire?

Can we havve one of these please 8)

u/cwcoleman · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

The Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is a classic

u/Goem · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

Retractable thing is a pocket bellows, here is a cheaper version on amazon as well for way less! $4 instead of $15
I use this one and im pretty sure it functions exactly the same

u/Cars-n-survival · 3 pointsr/Bushcraft

I had this one in mindfire starter

u/McDudeston · 3 pointsr/Bushcraft

>On some comments there people complain not getting any sparks so I guess there's really some kind of quality issue with some.

Generally, it's not that there are quality issues. It's that people are unaware ferrorods can have different hardnesses. The harder the rod is, the more difficult it will be to get sparks off of the rod. You will need to scrape faster and press harder, but the rod will last much longer as a result. You probably have noticed it is incredibly easy to scrape dents and wells into that Light My Fire rod, and that's because the rod is about as soft as they come. But the result is that you can flick sparks off of it with ease.

If you have confidence with your ferrorod technique, or are ready for a better challenge, it is absolutely time to graduate to one of the harder rods. You get more mileage out of them, and you can actually use them in more different ways than the softer rods. I bought two of these last year, and I have been a very happy customer. They will undoubtedly last me for many, many years.

u/cyremann · 3 pointsr/EDC

I got an Everstryke Pro a couple of months ago, and I love it. It's very compact and has a seal so the fuel doesn't evaporate. It is basically a tiny zippo.

I keep mine on my keychain.

u/TheJD · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

Pretty standard stuff but the details depend on weather and what I plan on doing (if I'll be spending time working on bushcraft, fishing, or if I'll be hiking or portaging long distances). One thing I strongly recommend is a pocket bellows. You should be able to make one with an old collapsible antenna (although I prefer the one I bought because of the width) but these things are incredible at helping get a fire going, keeping a fire going, or starting up the fire from last night again in the morning.

u/TUGenius · 2 pointsr/CringeAnarchy
u/annoyingone · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

At first I was like, damn, thats a lot of money for a firesteel. I bought decent ones for $8 that work great. But then I saw the pic of the guy holding it. Shit, that is huge. I may have to get me one of those. Go with a two pack, different brand and no lanyard, but the reviews are just as good.

u/metal_moccasins · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft


I went with this one:

Relefree 1/2" X 5" 12.7mmx12.7cm Ferrocerium Rod Flint Fire Starter Lighter Magnesium Tool Kits Camping Hiking Survival Outdoor Black

Thanks to whoever recommended it here on /r/Bushcraft. :)

u/Any0nymouse · 2 pointsr/Alonetv

I'd go Saw instead of Axe, less exersion/calorie use, better cuts.

Dump the gill net, in the case of season 3, your inland, not on the ocean, if you don't get lucky enough to get a stream on your site you wasted one of your 10. If you are lucky and get a stream, building fish traps is easy.

Maybe Bow, but only if your skilled in it's use

Definately cordage should be added, there are too many things that you can do with it.

Here is the list of what I would bring...

  • 1 Survival knife: My personal Knfe is a Gerber Strong Arm Fine Edge, I've picked up a mod for the sheath to allow it to be attached better in a verticle fashion (on a belt for ex.) from a Chamdar17 on YouTube that makes it. Definately worth getting as the factory design is very flimsy awkward.

  • 1x5 lbs Food Rations: Beef Jerky (protein) Generic "Oh Sh!t backup". Can be re-consitiuted with water and "bulked" back up, but may switch to another source away from protien as that may be the only nutient source collectable during the contest, and one needs diversity to survive/thrive.

  • 1 300-yards of nylon single filament fishing line and 25 assorted Hooks: they don't say what types only overall length in the posted rules, so I would divide it up as such;

    1, 100 Yard 30lb test (Additional Cordage, Snare wire)

    2, 100 yard 20lb test (Additional Cordage, or use as heavy line)

    3, 100 yard 15 lb test (for actual fishing)

    for the 25 hooks, get the "red" colored hooks [Here is why] as they may be a built in attractant, a bonus within the rules is a bonus...

  • 1x2qt pot with lid: Found this one that has a lid that can double as an additional pan, Note the 2liter pan is too large, and the 1.5 liter is a little small for the qt conversion. but I get the 2 for 1 lid as a fry pan. Maybe look for someone to make a custom pan set. Another possibility is getting a very deep pan with cover like the Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skillet, 5 qt (aparently there is no size limit of skillet/fry pans in the rules, weight would suck, but it would most likely fit in/on the pack)

  • 1 flint or ferro rod set: Best I can find (big and thick rod 1000s of strikes)

  • 1 multi-seasonal sleeping bag that fits within provided backpack: My Choice is a Cabela's bag rated to -40 it's a rectangular extra large bag for comfort.

  • 1 saw: Hand Made Bow Saw, 30 inch blade, wooden. I created a 30 inch bow saw out of hardwood based loosly on the following plans from the Site, note I upscaled the design to utilize a 30" Bacho Green Wood Bow Saw blade

  • 12x12 ground cloth/tarp: very heavy, rubberized and aluminized tarp for heat reflection and durabiity (Add Grommets every 12 inches all the way around)

  • Paracord Cordage: Actually a Hammock, I found instructions for creating a paracord based hammock that is a single piece for the main field of the Hammock. Doing this would give me a minimum of 330' of paracord and within the rules. plus the braided ends for attaching to trees as additional length. Special Note, The rules I've seen states "Paracord", but not the type. If you get the 750lb instead of the 550lb it has 11 triple strand core fibers instead of 7 double strand...

  • Lastly I have one open slot, Need to consider where I'll be. Possibly a Bow (rather a good shot), maybe more rations. Possibly a water container/canteen (which would be a 38oz Nalagen with a mod to hang over the fire). There are lots of posibilities...

    My Start

    Day 1, job 1: temp shelter and fire building Prep for first night... NOTE! If in an area of Large Predators (Boar, Big Cat, Bears, etc) First order of Business Make a Boar Spear! 8 feet long, and mount a cross bar about a foot down (Boar Spear, else they will climb the spear torwards you)

    Day 2, water production and evaluate the site, dig into a little of the rations for food for the day. Plan out the permant camp (if located), fishing/food prep/trapping areas, Freshwater sources. Try to make the permant cam centrally located between food and water, but away from food prep area and possible larger predator areas.

    Day 3, Water Production, Hunting gathering morning, Camp building after noon. Food prep and bed.. Basically I'll follow the rule of 3s mostly (3 minutes air, 3 hours exposure, 3 days water, 3 weeks food) everything has it's priority, Shelter fire 1st, water 2nd, food last, beyond that is comfort to survive and thrive in the situation.
u/jim51riffe · 2 pointsr/EDC

Thats pretty cool... I have one a lighter similar to THIS and it works great. I have probably had it close to a year and put fluid it in twice. Just another option.

u/ABagOfFritos · 2 pointsr/lighters
u/frito_mosquito · 2 pointsr/skiing
  • I have fun practicing my fire building. See if you can actually start a fire with those materials. You might find you need some tinder like some vaseline cotton-balls or something like wetfire. Can your snow-saw also cut wood?
  • It looks like you tour a fair bit, so you know 16 miles with 3000' of gain is a big day, especially with a sled! You might consider scouting some possible intermediate camping locations.
u/superbozo · 2 pointsr/Survival

If that's not an issue, then I recommend this one. It's big, but not to big. It throws showers of sparks with 1 strike. The striker isn't to big and it isn't to small. The lanyard is dogshit, so I'd replace it with paracord if you can.

My favorite part about this thing is how long it is. If you move just slow enough with the striker, sparks will come off this thing like a sparkler on the 4th of July. If you can pull that off the right way, you only gotta strike it once, you get a crazy amount of sparks, and you extend the life of the rod dramatically by doing that.

I absolutely love this thing.

u/StabbyMcStabbyFace · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

I carry one of these ferro rods from Amazon on a lanyard. I like the ease of using a bigger rod (insert that's what she said joke here).

If you want a laugh, my review is here.

u/iynque · 2 pointsr/EDC_nogun

I recently bought a pair of tiny "peanut" lighters ( ). I now carry one alongside my small Style CS multitool. If they can make the same thing into working mini-lighter cufflinks, surely a tiny bit of fire could fit into a slightly larger multitool. Not sure how much mass-appeal it would have…

Edit: Oops… just saw the thread is two months old 😆

u/onebright · 2 pointsr/AskMen

ive been using this pocket bellows to get fires cranking fast and minimize the smoking stage. Also, I almost never collect enough kindling; it's such a chore. This allows me to get a hot fire going with very little tinder, or just newspaper.

u/el_dano · 2 pointsr/EDC

USB Rechargeable Fuel-Free Tekfire Lighter with LED Light

u/justtookatest · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

You can also get something like this

u/ricctp6 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Fun, thanks for hosting the scavenger hunt!

  1. Something Blue: These journals are so beautiful, and I just thought I would start the scavenger hunt out with something simple and beautiful. Is that too corny of a reason to put them on here?
  2. Summer: Summer reminds me that I will soon be in a place with sun constantly radiating down and burning my retinas. We're all gonna need some sunglasses.
  3. Unusual Food-Related Item: Kawaii Squishies are super cute, smell like freshly baked bread (or cream soda), and are shaped like foods! I had a lot of wiggle room with this category, and while I have tons of things about food in my WLs, I just think these are great to pass out to stressed friends, as well.
  4. Gift Someone Else: A Bidet for the Fiancé Kind of a silly one, but my fiancé loves bidets. I've always wanted to get him one, and so this is my ultimate "I love you" gift for him. I actually thought about getting it for him and calling it his engagement ring, in response to the one he just got me. Do you think it would make him laugh?
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u/natelyswhore22 · 2 pointsr/secretsanta

There are a lot of really cool camping things! I'll be back to edit this post on my computer with some things that we like / are unique /cool

EDIT - these are things that we use that we love. These things all range in price, so hopefully you can find one or two to fit whatever budget you have.

  • Collapsible Coffee Dripper : They can use this to make REAL coffee on the trail. They just have to heat water!
  • Portable camping grill : This takes a little time to set up, but it's a very compact grill and makes it easy to cook food or even just balance your mess kit
  • Nonstick camping mess kit : A nonstick kit is much easier to clean than a stainless steel one IMO. this set has a kettle, utensil, and scrubber which is awesome.
  • Camp Suds : An environmentally safe soap so they can clean their gear but preserve the trail!
  • Dry sacks : Dry sacks are just what they sound like... waterproof bags that keep your stuff dry. They can also double as a pillow if you stuff clothes in them!
  • Portable camping stove : This little guy connects to a small fuel canister and gives you a nice little stove. These are great for heating water / soup as they provide a better heat source than a fire you'd build.
  • Food dehydrator : This is not something they'd take camping, but it can really help them to save money on meals. If they are backpacking, they likely won't want to carry around cans of food and won't be able to carry around ingredients that would go bad. The dehydrator allows them to make their own backpacking meals that they will reconstitute with water.
  • Pocket bellows : allows you to stoke the fire without having to get your face super close. Also this lets you target a small area.
  • LED light bulb ; This does require a portable battery but it's really great to have this little guy. We use it in the tent at night or when we're hanging out but need a little light to chop food/etc.
  • Pocket chain saw : Cut big pieces of wood! It takes some muscle, but it really does work and it's a lot smaller than a hatchet or actual chain saw..
  • Literally the best backpacking chair : when you're backpacking, you have to carry EVERYTHING with you. So that means that stuff has to be light and small. These chairs are great, because (for chairs) they tick off both of those boxes. They have a back! And they are big enough to actually sit on!

    Other general items that are useful: Climbing/heavy duty carabiners (to clip stuff to other stuff. you can even get locking ones); water filters (if you get a Lifestraw, I recommend the water bottle. The actual Lifestraw is an interesting idea, but we've found in practice it's a little awkward); hammocks with nice straps; base layers; battery-operated lights of any kind (especially ones that clip or are hands-free); a set of waterproof cards (to pass the time on a break); nice, wicking socks; hiking poles; a camping knife.

    I haven't tried Cairn (the camping sub box) but they always look interesting.
u/NATOMarksman · 1 pointr/zombies

Some things I forgot to put on the list that would be useful:

If she needs to make a fire, a [small lighter] ( might come in handy. It might need [butane gas] (, but one can should last long enough to get a good safehouse going with plenty of tinder to use with a [firestarter] ( instead.

To keep tabs on the smaller items when they're in that crate, you might put them into a new production .50 cal ammo box. It can store a lot and will easily survive rough handling, and if you ever need a sturdy waterproof container for whatever reason (camping, etc), it's a good storage solution if you're willing to put up with the weight.

It would be pretty neat if you used a wooden crate that she had to pry open with a crowbar; would feel very survivor-esque.

Now, this last part is totally optional since everything else would be kickass, but it could be an idea.

If you're ever played L4D, there's a gun that looks like a Mini-14; it's referred to as the 'Hunting Rifle' and is preferentially used by Zoey.

I'm not saying for you to actually buy a Mini-14 Ranch Rifle or a Ruger 10/22, but if you bought a [Crosman 1077] (, a [few clips] (, and [two magazines] (, it'd probably be super cool, and practical, because then you could teach her how to actually shoot, and eventually she might pick up a Ruger 10/22 or Mini-14 down the line on her own.

Obviously this would have to be accompanied by proper instruction (four rules of gun safety, always respect the gun as something potentially deadly, follow through with your shot, etc; if you want to get the 1077 but personally don't know how to shoot, first brush up on the manual, which comes with some basic marksmanship information, and then take a class in rifle shooting), but it would certainly be neat and a cool thing to look forward to.

Oh, and you'd also want [pellets] (, [O-ring oil, to be applied on each CO2 cylinder before use] (, [pellet trap to put targets on] (, [eye protection for you, her, and anyone else who might want to try her new rifle out or watch] (, and a [case] ( You can pick up the case, pellets (look for .177 wadcutter), and CO2 Powerlets at a local sporting goods store if the price is competitive.

u/StefanieH · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

very usefull, five$ item, 2$ item. Thanks for the contest more caffeine

u/revmamacrystal · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Fire Baby Fire

I love cheap

u/WildlifeTeacher · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

Yep that's the one I use. Huge and inexpensive - think they are still 8 dollars. I use a bit of gorilla duct tape around the end for some grip.

There is also another one that has a hole for a lanyard for a couple bucks more - but if you have a vice and a drill you can put a hole in this one easy enough to run some paracord through.

This is the firesteel

u/whitebean · 1 pointr/camping

I've seen a lot of comments on fuel choices and stacking, and that's all very important. But don't forget oxygen!

Blowing on a fire can take an ember into big flames very quickly. I recently bought a bellows on amazon, it looks a lot like a collapsible antenna but is about twice as fat. It did a great job of 1) keeping my face away from the flames and 2) focusing my breath into a really strong column of air. It's going on my short list of must haves for every camping trip.

Edit: I used a Pocket Bellows: Epiphany Outdoor Gear Pocket... This was also easy to get the fire re-lit the next morning. It looked dead, but a few puffs from the bellows and a flame popped right back up in the coals. We put new logs on top and cooked some eggs!

u/ARbldr · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

I do these for myself. The good news, they are cheap and easy to make, I'm going to link to the various rods I have used so far here, the 4.5mmx75mm, the 8mmx80mm and finally the big one, 12.7mmx127mm. All of these rods have performed well for me, I personally prefer the larger diameter, although the 8mm might push it a bit. I have some 6.5mmx75mm rods on order, expecting to see them in the new year.

The next part is a bit of antler. For these, I picked up a bag of antler tips off of Etsy, I think the bag of 50 tips was less than $20 shipped. So right around $2 to make the 8mm size.

I did these a little different, and tapped them both the antler and the fero rod. I recommend that if you have a tap and die of the right size. I used JB Weld on these, and am happy with the results, any good 2 part epoxy should give you a good bond.

One of the things I like about this hobby is being able to make good equipment, if you decide to try, don't hesitate to ask questions, I'll answer the best I can.

u/begemotz · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

I bought mine local (and I only have one - open flame is more versatile.. so I also carry a lighter and waterproof/windproof matches). If you dont want to use amazon or then Id say check your local shops - even Walmart carried some sort of ferro rod the last time I was there. But i mean, this is cheap enough a good sized/reviewed ferro rod:

u/RhapsodyInRude · 1 pointr/whatisthisthing

Just guessing because it's on a lanyard / necklace and the 90-degree edge is worn, someone has been using this as a striker for a ferro rod:

u/Zay_Okay · 1 pointr/gifs
u/Noman120 · 1 pointr/Multicopter

I was wrong, its $7.95.

1 BEST Fire Starter - SurvivalSPARK Emergency Magnesium Fire Starter - Survival Fire Starter with Compass and Whistle

u/Alien1099 · 1 pointr/camping

Have a look at this. It's basically a collapsible lung operated version of the same thing that is inexpensive and invaluable. I first saw it on the Outdoor Gear Review on Youtube. It kicks ass.

Epiphany Pocket Bellows:

u/Ghigs · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

That's normal.

Peanut lighters are like zippo with an o-ring seal and last a long longer. But it's less convenient to need to screw the cap off every time.

u/ThatThingAtThePlace · 1 pointr/IdiotsFightingThings

Crap like this:

They're all extremely cheap and dangerous.

u/Chris770 · 1 pointr/askgaybros

They're both things you can get at just about any sporting goods store. The one I got my friend was a Nitecore, you can find it here on Amazon.

If you want to go for economy, here's a combo magnesium fire starter and compass with a whistle. If you prefer, you can get a magnesium fire starter separately, they don't cost much.

Nobody who's going to be travelling off the beaten path anywhere should ever be without either of these things.

u/fizzlefuzz · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

I recommend This One! Been using it for years

u/CoffeeManD · 1 pointr/PipeTobacco

So, I got two kinds:

One of these (not a 5-pack, but couldn't find the original): Etopstech 5 Pcs Emergency Survival Camping Fire Starter, Flint Metal Match, Lighter for Outdoor,Lighter Fluid Permanent Matchbox, Forever Lighter Set, Keychain Unlimited Portable Waterproof

And one of these: True Utility Fire Stash Multi-Tool

The first one sucks. It fell apart when I pulled it out of the package because the glue used to hold it to the packaging was stronger than the glue that held the metal shell to the plastic body 🤦‍♂️ The wick also burned down after one light. NOT recommended! The second one is really cool. For about $2 more, it's basically a mini Zippo, but sealed better so the fluid doesn't evaporate! And it comes with a general use waterproof case. Can't beat it!

u/eyebrowgamestrong · 1 pointr/Blacksmith

One alternative that could help you get around the brittleness problem would be to forge/file a hard edge onto part of the brooch (not sharpened like a knife), and incorporate something like this, maybe attached with leather or something. That way you could still use the brooch to start a fire, but won't risk it breaking.

u/ruat_caelum · 0 pointsr/OffGrid

Cheap and reliable is best for fire.

  • Fire been sorted out for hundreds of thousands of years.

    Even more important when you need fire, sometimes you need it NOW! and delays, dead batteries etc are not okay.

  • Get a combination of reusable fire starters like flint and steel or Fresnel lens (only daylight) and anytime fire (matches.)

  • Get fire helpers like Magic biscuits, or saw dust and wax, or accelerates (like ether, gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid)

  • Get an 8'5" x 11" frenzel lens. (for starting with sun light.)

  • Matches

  • birthday candles for kids / make your own fire starters from make-up remover pads and parifin wax. These are the best fire starter helpers you can have. (you can use crayon wax if you don't buy paraffin)

    The only thing the above video fails to do is use a double boiler so what you want is to make a "cup" or the like with some tinfoil, put the wax in that, then set the cup into a pot of boiling water. In this way clean up is a breeze, whatever wax you don't use you can just wait to cool and harden and throw away with the tin foil.

    These "magic biscuits" style fire starters will stay dry forever, and you can "crack" them in half to expose cotton fibers for things like flint and steel starters or the focus point of your Fresnel lens, or a match. etc.

    Make use of the small fire you do start.

  • Getting a flame is just the start. One of the VERY BEST things I've ever bought cost about 10 bucks. It was a collapsible tube used like a very long straw to blow air at a fire without having to have your face close enough to suck in a lot of smoke when you take a breath.

    Made in america version for $12 from amazon.

    Absolute cheapest version $4


    Fire is great. You don't need to go out int he pouring rain to start a fire, but doing so once in a while will help. Same with the wind. Mostly you need to know how to build a stack of wood so that stuff burns. There are many ways to do this.

  • most of the time building your fire (kindling and med sized wood.) before hand and then covering it with a tarp or plastic. is the best practice. Building on a slight hill or digging a trench around the fire area is also a good "prep" to do before hand.

  • If you are going camping or want a few kits making easy to use fire starter kits from pine cones, dryer lint, wax, pop-sickle sticks, cardboard etc will help. Old pine wood scrap from two by fours or lumber mills or woodworker shops works well too. These are things you can make in your spare time, when it's dry and comfortable.

    Fire cups!

  • Fast food cups that are the wax paper cups (down south and in warmer places use Styrofoam cups) are great for a kit. You can put Popsicle sticks, some matches, some magic biscuits (waxed cotton pads), some black paper (to better start with Fresnel lens / sunlight). Then you put the plastic lid on with a bit of tape over the straw hole and you have a "water proof" cup you can set out, and use when you see fit to start a fire.

    Edit corrected spelling.