Putting Fire-Starters to the Test

Fire starters are like a form of life insurance for outdoors folks. While they are often one of the smallest pieces of gear in your pack, they are truly indispensable. The ability to start a fire can literally be a matter of life and death.

This Gear Junkie article explores most of the popular fire starters on the market. They review each starter from worst to best with grades of “D” to “A++.” And with its no-holds-barred approach, this is one of the best outdoor posts I’ve seen.


Match, lighter, or spark-creating ferro-rod? The question of the best fire-starting device for outdoors use is complex and rife with personal opinion. We put a bunch of fire starters head to head to find the strengths and weaknesses of each.  We tested several readily-available matches, lighters, and fire strikers. Read on below for a summary of each specific model… [continued]

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