Survival Fire Starters
There are many survival fire starters to choose from
for emergency preparedness and any of them would be good to have if in a
situation you needed to make a fire to keep warm or for cooking. Having
to start a fire with with a twig and string would not be ideal. Of course you
can acquire butane lighters, regular lighters and matches, but if they get wet
or it's windy they are much harder to use if wanting to start a fire. A better
option is choosing survival fire starters that work in wind or rain. Here is a
list of different survival fire starters: magnesium fire
starter, strike force fire starter, flint fire
starter, water proof matches, FireStik and fresnel lens.
Fresnel lens are made of a thin plastic, flat on one side and ridged on the
other. The side that is ridged is made up of rings like the rings of a
tree. Each ring is slightly thinner than the next and focuses the light toward
the center. So each rings angle is different and faces towards the center
concentrating all light on to one focal point. They are very flexible and
light in weight. If wanting to start a fire with a fresnel lens it just
takes a few seconds to focus and have one burning. Be cautious not to
focus on someone's skin or eyes. Fresnel lens come in all different sizes
and can be found online or even in bookstores. They are used for people to
read with but are efficient for starting fires and for survival fire starters.
Magnesium Fire Starter and Flint Fire Starter
Magnesium fire starters are great to have being that they can
be used quite a bit and at any time. They can start approximately 500
fires with a quarter size shaving pile of magnesium at the size of 3/8 thick, 1"
wide x 3" long The flint can have over 25,000 times of striking, which is
plenty for 500 fires worth. It can get up to1800 degrees in temperature.
Great to carry magnesium fire starter in storage or 72 hour kits.
Strike Force Fire Starter
Strike force fire starters are great to use when everything
is wet. They are made with included Wet Fire tinder that is lit by
scraping the striker down the flint, making a spark twice as hot as a standard
match and burn at more than 1800 degrees. The Wet Fire tinder burns longer when
actually wet making it a great survival fire starter. Of course with any
dry tinder it would ignite it very easily. Strike force fire starter are
quite safe to use and can be used for normal camping stoves such as the
backpacker stove. They are odorless, non-toxic, and smokeless and can
also be found online or at some of the bigger sportsmen's outlets.
Water Proof Matches
Water proof matches are matches as it says but in addition
have a blend of non-toxic chemicals formulated to light in wet conditions.
They usually come in boxes of 50 and the match box striking surface is treated
with a moisture resistant coating so that the matches can easily light.
Water proof matches can be obtained almost anywhere that sells camping equipment
There is also Firestik which work with air pressure. By
pushing down the Stick into the cylinder rapid pressure heats up the air and
causes the end of the Stik to burn. You then blow on the end to get it hot
and then place it onto leaves or other burnable materials. They are quite
expensive but are workable. It might be cheaper to consider one of the
survival fire starters above.
Sawdust Wax &
Sawdust and wax fire starters can't start a fire in and of
themselves but are great to get a fire going once you got a flame. They can be
made at home or can be bought at a few rare places online. There are a few
different kinds of wax fire starters
but all are workable. They will burn for a long while before going out,
making it if you need to start some bigger kindling out on the run it will work
great for this. They are very light in weight and can be thrown into
storage for emergency preparedness or into your 72 hour kits. Much better
than having lighter fluid in your packs which could easily spill and also
flare-ups once lit on your kindling. They are usually made by
melting some wax and mixing it with either sawdust or paraffin and then pouring
it into paper condiment cups and let dry.