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Best Survival Gear: Fire Starters – Survival Prepper

Best Survival Gear: Fire Starters

The week of countdowns continues, but today we are going to be focusing on ignition sources, lighters, fire starters, you name it. Since this is one of the essential items in a survivalist’s arsenal, we wanted to make sure that all of the major forms are covered. While it is common to use waterproof matches as an ignition source, their disposable nature has eliminated them from the top positions. In order to make it into the top three, each product needed to have durability, efficiency, and overall effectiveness. While many products fall into these categories, we have chosen one that we believe provides the best value and overall greatest use to a prepper.

In order to make it into the top three, each product needed to have durability, efficiency, and overall effectiveness. We believe that durability is necessary to stand up to the rigors of any survival situation. All of our top products can withstand the elements and offer a great interface to ensure the best results.

Efficiency looks at the time investment needed to get a fire going. While many methods used to create a makeshift ignition source are effective, they often take much more effort than using one of the top products.

Effectiveness simply means the likely hold that you can turn the ignition into a sustained fire. While preparing the tinder and wood is essential, we didn’t want to put in a fire starter that solely relied on natural gas or other hard to find fuel.

While many products fall into these categories, we have chosen one that we believe provides the best value and overall greatest use to a prepper.

3. Lighter

Many popular survival lighters like the Scorch, Zippo, and Stormproof offer a durable design with various features. The coolest of these fall under the torch category. Instead of using a flickering flame the size of a candle, they offer a blast of blue-hot heat that can cut through even the harshest winds.

While many of these lighters offer a heavy duty casing, they devour fuel. It is not safe to assume that you will be able to use a filled torch lighter for more than fifty strikes. While it is possible to refill these lighters with butane or other appropriate fuel, it just adds another element that can go wrong when you need it the most. For this reason, Torch lighters only earn the third spot in our best firestarter list.

2. Flint & Magnesium

Flint and steel are perhaps the oldest ignition source known to man, but flint and magnesium starters are the modern improvements over this old classic. Rather giving of a single measly spark, the magnesium can be shaved into a pile of kindling and the spark will create a brilliant flash that allows a much easier and faster fire.

While this is better than flint and steel, it does take a bit of skill and more time than using an open flame source. The best element is the durability and little reliance on perishable goods.

The act of starting a fire without the direct use of a flame is an exhilarating experience, and this can create an emotion draw for many preppers. The idea is that you are somehow more successful because you didn’t have to use a match. While these skills are laudable, flint and magnesium are not right for everyone and there is no shame in using a more convenient ignition source.

Since most starters come in two parts, it does create the problem of losing one in your gear. Simpler almost always means better, and this ends up knocking flint and magnesium starters from the top spot in our Best Survival Firestarter list.

1. Survival Life’s Everstryke Pro

This tiny firestarter offers the convenience of a lighter, but the durability of flint and steel. The entire design is housed within a stainless steel, waterproof casing that eliminates the risk of fuel evaporation and exposure to the elements. The Everstryke Pro ranks the highest on our list because it has the most consistent performance and the lowest time to establish a fire.

While the initial setup allows up to 15,000 successful strikes, both the flint and wick are replaceable with minimal effort. This means that a single Everstryke can last an entire lifetime with a small amount of effort.

While not a significant contributor to our ranking, the ergonomic design does offer convenience to an already weight pack. A simple clip allows this firestarter to live on your pack, keychain, our inside your car. We believe that the ease of carrying allows it much more likely to have this product when you need it rather than losing it somewhere in your rig.

At the time of this posting, Survival Life is giving away a small number of the Everstryke Pro so head over to their website and see if there are any left. Even if you miss the promotion, the $19.95 price tag makes it an affordable option for every prepper.

Thanks for checking in to see Survival Prepper’s 3 Top Fire Starters, and if you have missed any of the previous week’s post, don’t forget to check them out.

My name is Steven Capps, and I have a B.A. in English from the American Military University. My writing has been featured in Fiction, The Bird & Dog, Survival Sullivan, The Cass County Star Gazette, and many others. I currently serve as an Infantry Sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard.