The perfect campfire is an essential survival skill for any wilderness explorer. It’s also a great addition to any holiday camp setup.
Who doesn’t love the nostalgia from toasting marshmallows?
When it comes to building a fire, the right tools are essential. Whether you’re going camping or just trying to stay warm during an emergency, having a reliable fire starter kit can save time and make all the difference when it comes to getting that perfect flame.
There are plenty of fire starter kits on the market. We’re going to discuss what materials you should look for in a typical starter kit, and how to use them.
A fire starter kit typically includes matches, char cloth, fire lighting blocks and strikers.
When building your own kit, melted paraffin wax, or a liquid fuel lighter is a great fuel choice. Wax is easy to light and will burn for a long time without leaving any residue. Other combustible materials such as dryer lint, cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly, or even just wood shavings will also work when starting your campfire.
There is no set fire starter method. However, we favour the Kombat UK Fire Starter Kit Tin.
The tin contains:
Those that love the outdoors will have everything they need with this kit. Untreated, natural fibres such as 100% cotton products ensure fast ignition and burning. It is the ideal tinder to ignite a fire in the wild.
Ultra-compact and portable fire starting kit
Sealed in an aluminium tin the kit consists of:
2 x Fire-Lighting blocks
2 x Cotton Wool “tinder” bundles sealed to prevent moisture
1 x Large Magnesium Fire Starter
1 x Striker
Tinder is the material you will use to help ignite the fire. Kindling, on the other hand, is what will keep your fire burning.
The difference between tinder and kindling is that tinder needs a spark (from matches or a lighter) to light it which helps create an ember. The ember created can then be used as fuel for larger pieces of wood (kindling).
Kindling is normally smaller pieces of wood, like twigs and other combustible materials. Once the fire gets going, you can add larger pieces of wood to keep it burning.
A magnesium fire starter can be used to create a spark, which will ignite the tinder. The striker is ideal for creating sparks from flint and steel.
Once your tinder has been lit, you can add kindling, twigs or logs to maintain the flame. It’s important to keep adding fuel as your fire grows in size and intensity. Make sure to add more bits of wood into your fire quickly as too much air can cause the flames to die out.
Keep adding small chunks of kindling until you have a good blaze going. Be careful not to overwhelm the fire with too much oxygen or else it won’t last long.
Fire safety is essential when using any type of fire starter kit. Ensure that you have plenty of water on hand in case of emergency, and never leave a lit campfire unattended.
Fire in wind, rain and snow? No problem!
Ferro Rods are perfect items for fire starting in any weather condition. By striking the Ferro Rod with a striker you create sparks which will ignite even the wettest tinder!
The rod can be made from pure iron, steel or a mix of high carbon and low carbon steel. We favour the Uco Titan Ferro Rod as our all weather fire lighter.
The Uco Titan Ferro Rod is both waterproof and windproof. It’s incredibly durable and can create an incredible 20,000+ strikes! All you need to do is strike the rod against the striker to produce sparks that will ignite your tinder bundle even in wet conditions.
It also includes a screwdriver, bottle opener, 4 hex sizes and striker. Great news for those on a wilderness camping weekend!
The bright sparks from the Fire Striker can also be used as an emergency signal aiding search and rescue groups in emergencies. Finally it’s all held together with a Paracord lanyard connected to both pieces with a Rapid Release Connector.
Sparks fly when the Titan Fire Striker is used with its stainless steel striker.
Following safe practices and a clear fire starter method you can have your fire blazing in no time. Knowing which fire starter items to include in a starter kit and how they should be used correctly will give you peace of mind and offer a fun and engaging activity when camping with friends and family.
These are just a few tips when it comes to buying and using your fire starter kit. Taking the time to research and practice your campfire building skills beforehand is also important for a safe, enjoyable experience.
No matter what kind of adventure you’re embarking on, having the right tools can make all the difference. With this guide, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle any outdoor situation with confidence!
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Happy camping and bonfires everyone!
Depending on your situation, a ferro rod can be more beneficial than a steel striker. For challenging weather conditions, ferro rods are preferred for achieving sparks more effectively and igniting a lasting flame. It is important to note that ferro rods tend to wear out quicker than steel rods, so a steel striker is a better investment if you’re searching for longevity.
Fire starter kits provide a variety of benefits. They provide convenience, as all the necessary items are assembled in one kit for easy transportation and access. They are specially designed with expert knowledge to ensure easy fire starting. They also come with set instructions to aid a safe and effective outcome.
A starter kit is not necessary for a fire, but it can make starting a fire much easier and faster, Especially for beginners. If you are an experienced fire starter or survival expert, you may opt to search our other fire starter products to customise your optimal kit!
The materials for an ideal fire starter kit should include fuel, tinder, kindling and a metal fire starter. Fuel can be melted paraffin wax or liquid fuel lighters. Tinder is usually char cloth or other combustible materials such as dryer lint, cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly.
The number of times you can use a fire starter depends on the fire starter itself. The Uco Titan Ferro Rod can be used for 20,000+ strikes, offering you longevity and effectiveness.