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The 8 Best Fire Starters for Outdoor Camping in 2022

Zippo Outdoor Lighter (Mountain)
Zippo Outdoor Lighter
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SOL Fire Lite Fuel-Free Rechargeable Lighter
SOL Fire Lite Fuel-Free Lighter
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Light my Fire Ferro Rod Fire Starter - Flint and Steel Fire Starter Kit - Magnesium Fire Starter 1/4" Diameter - 3000 Strikes - Fire Starter Survival with Emergency Whistle - Fire Steel Ferro Rod
Light my Fire Ferro Rod Fire Starter
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Morakniv Companion Spark Knife and Fire Starter
Morakniv Companion Spark Knife and Fire Starter
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Bernzomatic TS8000BZKC Premium Trigger-Start Torch Kit
Bernzomatic Premium Trigger-Start Torch Kit
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UST BlastMatch Fire Starter with One-Handed Operation and Lightweight Design for Camping, Hiking, Emergency and Outdoor Survival, Orange
UST BlastMatch Fire Starter
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EXOTAC - nanoSTRIKER XL Self-Contained Ferrocerium Firestarter for Emergency Survival Equipment, Camping, Backpacking, and Hiking (Blaze Orange)
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Wicked Lasers FlashTorch Mini
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There are at least a dozen skills that every man should master in his lifetime: Changing a tire, tying a tie, crafting the perfect Old Fashioned -- you get the gist. We count building a fire among them. A roaring campfire is an essential part of every great weekend camping experience. You can cook over it, warm yourself by it, and a fire can be life-saving in a survival situation. It might go against the purist backwoodsman instinct, but there's nothing wrong with using a purpose-built tool to get your fire going. To save you time, we’ve done most of the legwork for you by shopping for the best fire starters for camping and even at home.

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Zippo Outdoor Lighter

Some of the best lighters have gotten a whole lot fancier in the last century. But, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it old school. The classic Zippo lighter has hardly changed in decades. The all-metal case is durable, windproof, and field-tested with that same satisfying click that’s become synonymous with the brand. They’re now available in countless colors, patterns, and sizes, but the outdoor-inspired series is our favorite.

Zippo Outdoor Lighter (Mountain)
Zippo Outdoor Lighter
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SOL Fire Lite Fuel-Free Lighter

Less tech in the backcountry is usually a good thing. Electronics have a way of getting wet, ruined, or running out of battery juice when you need them most. Still, we like SOL’s Fire Lite Fuel-Free Lighter as a solid backup fire starter. It’s weatherproof, works at any altitude, and burns blazing hot. You can’t deny the convenience of a traditional lighter mixed with the Fire Lite’s cool spark that resembles a mini stun gun. With a portable solar panel in your camping kit, you could theoretically power this USB-rechargeable campfire starter indefinitely.

SOL Fire Lite Fuel-Free Rechargeable Lighter
SOL Fire Lite Fuel-Free Lighter
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Light my Fire Ferro Rod Fire Starter

If using a lighter or even matches feels like cheating, but friction methods are a little too Bear Grylls for your liking, opt for Light my Fire’s Ferro Rod Fire Starter. It’s lightweight, practical, and easy to use. Unlike lesser fire-starting tools, it also works at any altitude in any weather condition, even when wet. If it’s not ideal as a primary fire-starting tool for you, this is still a no-brainer to toss in your bugout bag or camping kit as a backup.

Light my Fire Ferro Rod Fire Starter - Flint and Steel Fire Starter Kit - Magnesium Fire Starter 1/4" Diameter - 3000 Strikes - Fire Starter Survival with Emergency Whistle - Fire Steel Ferro Rod
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Morakniv Companion Spark Knife and Fire Starter

Why carry a camping knife and a fire starter when you can pack one tool that does both? Morakniv’s Companion Spark is a combination fixed-blade outdoor knife and fire starter. The 3.9-inch blade is durable and long enough for most typical backcountry tasks, including carving tinder. When you’re ready to build a fire, twist the built-in magnesium fire-starting rod out of the rubber handle. Together with the knife’s specially ground spine, the rod is capable of producing a 5,400-degree spark. It’s good for approximately 3,000 strikes, so it’ll probably outlive you.

Morakniv Companion Spark Knife and Fire Starter
Morakniv Companion Spark Knife and Fire Starter
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Bernzomatic Premium Trigger-Start Torch Kit

If you lack the patience to mess around with merely trying to start a fire, you need a legit blowtorch. Bernzomatic’s Premium Trigger-Start Torch Kit is by far the heaviest and most fuel-hungry option on this list, so it’s not meant for backcountry trips where weight is an issue. For weekend car camping trips, however, it’s hard to beat. The trigger design makes it easy to light one-handed, and the 3,400-degree propane flame will ignite almost anything. Bonus: It’s also perfect for whipping up a perfectly caramelized creme brulee when you return home.

Bernzomatic TS8000BZKC Premium Trigger-Start Torch Kit
Bernzomatic Premium Trigger-Start Torch Kit
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UST BlastMatch Fire Starter

UST’s BlastMatch takes the design of traditional flint and ferro rod firestarters and upgrades it for the 21st century. With just one hand, you can release a flurry of sparks hot enough to ignite a wide range of tinder and other combustibles. It’s also designed to work in the rain, sleet, and wind while burning three times hotter than ordinary matches.

UST BlastMatch Fire Starter with One-Handed Operation and Lightweight Design for Camping, Hiking, Emergency and Outdoor Survival, Orange
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Exotac nanoStriker XL Ferrocerium Fire Starter

Exotac’s nanoStriker XL features a narrow, pen-like design that makes it incredibly pocketable. The sparks burn at nearly 5,500 degrees Fahrenheit, and it has a replaceable interior rod. The lightweight body is a handsomely finished aluminum and is, of course, waterproof. It’s a rather expensive option, but the pure portability is worth it, in our opinion.

EXOTAC - nanoSTRIKER XL Self-Contained Ferrocerium Firestarter for Emergency Survival Equipment, Camping, Backpacking, and Hiking (Blaze Orange)
Exotac nanoStriker XL Ferrocerium Fire Starter
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Wicked Lasers FlashTorch 250W

We’re big fans of multi-purpose hiking gear, especially on long-distance backpacking trips where every ounce counts. Wicked Lasers’ FlashTorch is a combination flashlight and fire starter, making it easily the most interesting tool on this list. Even the best headlamps “only” throw off around 750 lumens. The FlashTorch 250W puts out an eye-popping 12,000 lumens, making it one of the brightest flashlights on the market. That same power also generates enough heat to light a fire, even melt some metals. Unnecessary? Yes. Seriously cool? Absolutely.

Wicked Lasers FlashTorch Mini
Wicked Lasers FlashTorch 250W
Tom Kilpatrick

A London-born outdoor enthusiast, Tom took the first ticket out of suburban life. What followed was a twelve-year career as an adventure sports guide. This took Tom on cross-Scotland canoe trips, white water adventures in Nepal, sea kayaking in Norwegian fjords, mountain running in the Alps, and many more adventures. Tom is currently living back in the Scottish Highlands, spending as much time as possible exploring the endless rivers and ridgelines that make the country so special to him.

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