Every outdoor survival enthusiast knows that fire starters are an incredibly important tool out in the wilderness. That is the reason why 9 out of 10 outdoor adventurers always carry with them their favorite fire starters in their backpacks. Today, there are so many fire starter products in the market to choose from. Each with its own merits and flaws.

In this products review, we will be looking at 4 of the best selling fire starters in the market today and what each has to offer.

1. Swedish FireSteel 2.0 by Light My Fire

Product Description:

  • Lights campfires, gas-stoves, gas-barbecues.
  • Works equally well when wet.
  • Durable; scout 3 000 strikes, army 12 000 strikes.
  • Produces a 2,980°C (5,400°F) degree spark.
  • Predictable performance at all altitudes.
  • Bright spark – can be used as an emergency signal.
  • Striker handle includes an emergency whistle.
  • No dangerous goods shipping restrictions
  • Material: Magnesium alloy
  • Striker: Stainless steel

Review on the Swedish FireSteel 2.0

The first fire starter product on our list is the Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0. This FireSteel produces an amazing 5,500 °Fshower of sparks that will make your dry tinder go up in flames in no time. Just scrape the length of the rod towards your tinder and you will be amazed by how fast your tinder will lit up.

The best part about this product is the way it was assembled and designed. It’s so easy to use and most importantly, it has no moving parts. It is also waterproof and works without fail.

The FireSteel 2.0 lasts for approximately 12,000 strikes, more or less. That’s 12,000 individual strikes to start 12,000 fires that can be used whenever you need it.

When it’s your first time using the FireSteel, don’t expect that you will get a fire started in just a single strike. Generally, it takes 2-3 strikes to really get your fire started. But once you get used to the FireSteel, starting your campfire will be just a strike away.

The FireSteel is really one good fire starter tool if you are looking for one. But like all fire-starter tools sold in the market, it still has its pros and cons.

Pros and Cons of the Swedish FireSteel 2.0


  • No moving parts
  • Usable up to 12,000 strikes
  • Included scraper with built-in survival whistle
  • Water proof
  • Easy to use
  • Budget friendly


  • Ferrocerium is susceptible to corrosion
  • You need tinder
  • The scraper is removable


Without fail, the FireSteel 2.0 can be considered as one of the best fire starter products today. It’s not only easy to use but it’s also affordable. While it is still best to have more than one fire starter tool in your survival tool kit, having your very own  FireSteel 2.0 is still a big plus. 

2.Magnesium Alloy Emergency Fire Starter Blocks by The Friendly Swede

Product Description:

  • MULTI-PURPOSE: 3 x NEW and IMPROVED thick metal strikers / bottle openers – strikers are more comfortable to use and produce easier sparks than previous version
  • INSTANT FIRE: Create fire anywhere in seconds with Magnesium Alloy Fire Starters – showers of sparks with each strike
  • DURABLE: 3 x magnesium alloy blocks 3″ x 1.2″ x 0.35” (7.6 x 3 x 0.9 cm) with built-in flints – allows years of use
  • EASY TO USE: 3 x extra long chains 17.5″ (44 cm) for easier striking, includes instructions for use
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: This product is covered by The Friendly Swede’s Lifetime Warranty

Review on the Magnesium Alloy Emergency Fire Starter Blocks

Design and Usage

Made from magnesium, the Magnesium Alloy Emergency Fire Starter Blocks will work in any and all conditions. Regardless of any weather, this fire starter tool works like magic. It comes with three one inch solid magnesium alloy and flint block that enables you to create fire with ease. The three serrated metal striker saws that come with this fire starter tool makes sure that carrying different blades will no longer be necessary. These magnesium fire starter blocks also have a 17.5 inches of chain length which can be used as a key chain for easier access.

How it works

To utilize this fire starter, use the edge of the striker to shave the block, creating a small pile of magnesium alloy. Placing your tinder next to your magnesium alloy pile, slide the flat edge of the striker firmly down against the flint at 45 degrees. Doing this will create sparks that will fall into the magnesium alloy pile, igniting the tinder.

Pros and Cons of the Magnesium Alloy Emergency Fire Starter Blocks


  • Comes with three individually packed starters so you can easily have one ready for any situation.
  • Starters include long chains so you don’t lose the pieces but still have plenty of room to work with.
  • Easy to use
  • Budget friendly
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Water proof


  • May take a very long time to shave off enough magnesium to get a fire started.
  • Has been known to have trouble working if the magnesium gets wet


The Magnesium Alloy Emergency Fire Starter Blocks is a fire starter tool that’s a must-have for all outdoor enthusiasts and survivalists alike. It is one valuable tool that can be a great addition to your survival tool kit and it can be also be used for a wide variety of things. The Magnesium Alloy Emergency Fire Starter Blocks are also lightweight and can be easily carried wherever you go.

3. Kräftig 1/2″ XL Ferro Rod by Überleben

Product Description:

  • Rod length is 5″ — because molten metal doesn’t need a 6″ runway when using quality ferrocerium.
  • Up to 20,000 strikes from thick 1/2″ (12.5mm) ferrocerium rod.
  • Sparks shower at 5,500º F (3,000º C) to ignite a fire at any altitude, in any weather — even wet!
  • Includes precision drilled ferro rod, 6 function multi-tool scraper, and 3mm shock-cord lanyard for multiple securing options.
  • Perfect for Bushcraft, Firecraft, Backpacking, Hiking, Camping, Hunting, Fishing, Bugout, EDC / Every Day Carry, Emergency, Survival, Campfire, BBQ, Gas Camp Stoves, etc.
  • Color:  Black
  • Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.5 x 5 inches
  • Weight 0.26lbs
  • Model:  Kräftig
  • Size:  XL

Pros and Cons of the Kräftig 1/2″ XL Ferro Rod


  • 3mm shock cord lanyard is included
  • High quality rod will last for years without wearing out
  • Easy to use
  • Item price is just right


  • Multi-tools seem like an afterthought

Review on the Kräftig 1/2″ XL Ferro Rod

If you want to have a portable and easy to use fire starter at your disposal, then, the Ferro Rod, as it’s commonly called is your answer. The Ferro Rod fire starter tool works in all types of weather and environment. A single scratch on the Ferro Rod ignites a spark of approximately 5,500º F (3,000º C) into the tinder. Like all survival tools, you will need a little bit of practice before you get the technique right. But once you do, using the Ferro Rod to create a fire will be a breeze.

The Ferro Rod lasts up to 20,000 strikes, weighs about half a pond and costs just over 20 dollars which is a bargain considering the effectivity of the tool.

In short, the Ferro Rod fire starter is one good tool to have most especially if exploring the wilderness is your thing.

4. Military Edition Fire Starter and Tinder Quik by Spark – Lite

Product Description:

  • Extremely light weight
  • Simple to use
  • Works with a variety of materials you can find outdoors such as milkweed and other fibrous materials
  • Allows for easy single handed operation
  • Designed to spark hundreds of times
  • Extremely light weight
  • Each spark-Lite will spark hundreds of times
  • Made in the USA

Review on the Military Edition Fire Starter and Tinder Quik

When it comes to functionality and starting a fire, the Military Edition Fire Starter and Tinder Quik are one of the best. This may be the reason why the U.S. Military chose this product as its official fire starter tool. Most people who have purchased and tried this product agreed that this fire starter tool is a keeper and should be in every ones bug out bag and survival emergency kits.

More importantly, the Military Edition Fire Starter was designed to be used in case of emergency or injury. It is more reliable than lighters or matches and it can be used even with just one functional hand. It is also waterproof, lightweight, and will burn for 1-2 minutes after it is ignited.

To use the Military Edition Fire Starter,simply pull a tinder quick fire tab from the plastic case and ignite it with a spark-Lite.

Pros and Cons of the Military Edition Fire Starter and Tinder Quik


  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Can be used in any type of environment
  • Burns longer after ignited compared to other fire starters
  • Water Proof
  • Lifetime Warranty


  • Striker is light and tiny


Despite its relatively small size, the Military Edition Fire Starter is still one of the best fire starters in the market today. It’s lightweight, very easy to use, very effective and most importantly, it’s cheap. Both Military personnel and civilians who have tried this product only have nice words to say about the tool. The Military Edition Fire Starter is also a great compliment to any fire starter products which you may already have. 

Final Word

All four of the fire starter tools reviewed in this article are essential items to have for anyone who loves to travel and explore. Any of the above fire starter tools can easily make your fire building easier as well as keep you safe in any wilderness survival situation. The only thing to remember in buying a fire starter tool is that the tool must be reliable, waterproof, and will work in all and in any condition. Lastly, if you really want to buy your own fire starter tool, quick research regarding the product will be a good idea.