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A fire starter kit tops the chart for most important items in a survival kit. Being able to make fire is essential for survival. Having the best fire starter kit means you must have several different ways to create fire. Sure you can use primitive techniques, but in todays age it’s really unnecessary when instead you should be properly prepared.
Have you ever been in the wilderness and try to start a fire only to find out your lighter doesn’t work and your matches are crap? Not fun, right?
To have the best fire starter kit you must create your own using the best fire starters and best fire fuel sources. Lucky for you I’m here to show you the way!
Best Fire Starter Kit – Why You Need One
When preparing your fire starter kit try to think of different scenarios you may come across. What will you do if it’s too windy, rainy, your gear is soaked, etc? A fire starter kit will allow you to keep warm, cook food, boil water, signal for help, etc.
What do we need to create fire?
That’s right, ignition source (spark) and fuel source (dry fluffy and/or fibrous material).
This fire starter kit I’m going to show you how to build is lightweight, doesn’t take much space, and is the best survival fire starter kit for any situation.
#1 – Ziploc and/or Waterproof Container
A Ziploc bag is lightweight and waterproof, what more can you ask for? It’s perfect for holding your ignitions sources. Just be sure to keep it sealed. A waterproof container adds an extra layer of protection from water and makes it easier to keep your whole kit together.
#2 – Ignition Sources
Spark is where the fire begins. There are several sources of spark. In your fire starter kit you should have at least 3 sources of ignition.
- Stormproof matches like these UCO Titans
- Ferrocerium rod (a.k.a. fire steel, ferro rod) such as the best selling Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
There are many choices for each of these ignition sources so I won’t get into much detail in this guide, look forward to a breakdown for each one coming soon. The lighter is by far the easiest method, next the matches, and the ferro rod as a backup.
A BIC lighter is a popular choice because they’re cheap and easy to carry. A torch lighter will also work well.
For stormproof matches go with these UCO Titan Stormproof Long Burning Matches, they’re also waterproof and windproof.
The ferro rod can be used in almost any weather conditions so this a must for your fire starter kit. Many people are impressed with the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Fire Starter or this LSD Camping Ferro Rod.
#3 – Fuel Sources
As I mentioned above, any dry fluffy and/or fibrous material will work. Add all of these items to your kit and you’ll be a fire starting machine:
#4 – Keep The Fire Burning
The easiest way to do this is to saturate the cotton balls with Vaseline or any other petroleum jelly before lighting on fire. Other sources of long burning fuels are hard sap from pine trees, fats, and wax.
Of course the point of the fire starter kit it so create fire, so be sure you have your kindling and logs setup and ready to burn.
The Bare Minimum Best Fire Starter Kit
If for some reason you don’t want to or don’t have the space (hint: make the space) at the very least you should have:
There are many more options available for fire creation, but I wanted to provide the easiest, reliable, and convenient options so you can have the best fire starter kit available.
Did you find this information helpful or do you have a fire starter kit already? What does your include? Leave a comment below and share! Thanks for reading!