Gear Advice: Emergency fire starter

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There are many items available as emergency fire starters. Some of the more “common” solutions follow:

  • Lighter
  • Waterproof matches
  • Matches in a waterproof case
  • Flint and Steel
  • Steel wool and a battery
  • Knife & Magnesium
  • Magnifying glass
What ever choice you make, make sure you understand how to use it safely, and the dangers associated with its use. Most younger scouts should be limited to the first 3 items, but if you are on extended trips in remote locations, the others can be very helpful.

Bill’s Choice

I carry everything on the list above except the steel wool. The Knife and Magnesium is my personal favorite as water can not hurt it, and it holds up to trail beatings.

I have some other tricks I like to use, but do not include them on this site for liability reasons. Ask me how to light a snowball some time……

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