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Need Opinions On Firestarting Tools

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by TangoFoxtrot, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

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    Need your opinions on what is the best firestarting tool on the market?

    UST Strikeforce, UST Blastmatch, Swedish Firesteel, Magnesium Blocks, ect.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. actionshooter10

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    I haven't used the strikeforce but the blastmatch is incredible. I would rank the swedish fire steel and magnesium blocks behind it in that order.
     


  3. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    I have a magnesium striker in my kit and tons of matches and a big jug of lighter fluid to get it going.
     
  4. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

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    Someone gave me a Swedish firesteel but it has a real thin rod that might snap after awhile if too much pressure is put on it.
     
  5. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

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    I just have the mag blocks. I've used them before with an old fixed blade knife and they work fine. It's certainly not as quick and unforgiving as a lighter, but it works. You've just got to have your setup for the fire prepared with a nice smaller tinder bundle to start it, then a larger gathering of small sticks, etc.
     
  6. RatDrall

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    ESEE fire tool, it's a ferro rod with a hollow compartment in the rear to store wax soaked cotton balls, or whatever else you use to get a fire going in a pinch:

    http://www.eseeknives.com/fire_kit.htm

    Most fire starting tools are useless without a dry, ready tinder, which can be very hard to find when you REALLY need it.
     
  7. ravenkeeper98

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    In Boy Scouts we used gun powder with small pieces of magnesium strips mixed in. Just kept it in an old 35mm film case. It would usually start wet wood very well.
     
  8. smokeross

    smokeross GTDS Member #49

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    Just don't forget to include a few good old Zippo's with the little metal bottle of extra fuel with flints stored in the cap.
     
  9. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

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  10. Maine1

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    zippo as EDC, more lighter than people give it credit for. Also I carry ferro rods, and a little tinder, too.

    MY TEOTWAWKI kit would be a nice tight zippo with a load of flints, extra wick, some fluid, two large ferro rods, and about 2# of tinder, Charcloth to replace it as needed.
     
  11. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

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    Lighters are great until they get wet or when its really cold.
     
  12. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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  13. mes228

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    Huge "learning curve" with many fire starters. The Blastmatch will cast the hottest spark available, exactly where you want it, almost immediately. With no learning curve.
     
  14. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

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    A bic lighter is the best and cheapest. Waterproof matches do a good job most of the time. A firesteel or magnesium is the backup to the first two. No reason to complicate something that's quite simple. I've made dozens and dozens of fires on wilderness survival training trips using nothing more than some flint and steel and a little char cloth.

    But for 95% of all situations a bic lighter will get the job done--a $9 cigar store refilable butane lighter will work in the wind and cold with a hot flame!. Or you can buy one of those expensive windmill lighters.
     
  15. Aceman

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    Please define best. Disposable BIC is pretty dang good almost all of the time...
     
  16. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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  17. barbedwiresmile

    barbedwiresmile Unreconstructed

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    IMHO, tinder is of far greater importance in fire starting than te implement of spark/fire creation. I would gladly take superior tinder and an inferior firestarter over the opposite situation. As to what firestarter is "best"? My vote goes to a lighter in a ziploc bag. At current prices you can buy a crate of them.
     
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  18. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    I've got a dozen or so firesteels and three or four mag bars stuffed in various sheaths and bags.

    I agree with BWS, tinder is more important. I keep a few chunks of pitch wood handy and every fire kit I have contains cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly. Best wet or dry fire starter I've found.
     
  19. LAWDOGKMS

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    I have to be honest, everytime I hear about all these fancy-firestarters, I think about all the killer "survival trips" I've been on, with simply a two-pack of bic lighters and a $2.00 magnesium firestarter (that I never used!)..

    These trips, many of which are water based excursions in cold/wet environs, with two bic lighters separately double-plastic-bagged (in different packs in case I lose one) have been all I've ever needed..

    A single bic lighter will start many fires for years, and will dry out if you get it wet..

    Just sayin...
     
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