Three Things to Consider Before Buying Fire Starter

Starting a fire is simple and easy if you begin with the right fuel.

fire pit by a lake
Whether you need a fire for survival or comfort, a reliable fire starter can help you create a flame in no time.Courtnie Tosana

The ability to start a fire is critical for warmth in an emergency camping situation, but not so much when you just want to roast marshmallows on the back patio. In either situation, however, the ability to start a good fire quickly is a must. Here are a few ways to transform a few sparks into flames.

Grill Trade Firestarters - Natural Fire Starters Burn Wood Stove Grill Fireplace Camping Pit BBQ Charcoal Chimney Pizza Oven - 50 Firelighters in Box

Gentle on the Nose

This product contains pine-wood shavings that don’t give off toxic odors or smoke when lit.Grill Trade

There are two main types of fire starters—those with chemical additives and those constructed from natural materials. Most people prefer fire starters made from natural material because their safer to transport without igniting and they don’t give off any potential harmful vapors when lit. Starters made with natural wood shavings ignite fast and can help you get a good fire going in a hurry. The best ones also are lightweight and individually packaged so you can fit a few in a backpack or first aid kit.

Bangerz Sunz Fire Starter Squares 144, Fire Starters for Fireplace, Wood Stove & Grill, Camp Fire Pit Charcoal Starters 50B, USA Made

Easy to Ignite

These individual chips are 100% natural and weather resistant.Bangerz Sunz

Anyone who spends a lot of time in camp knows the best fire starter in the world doesn’t work well if it is wet. Fire starters treated with weather-resistant materials alleviate this problem. Some have a wax coating or are small wood chicks mixed with wax, which makes them light quickly with just a match or lighter, and the wax doesn’t give off toxic fumes like a petroleum-based propellant.

EasyGoProducts Approx. 120 Eco-Stix Fatwood Starter Kindling Firewood Sticks Wood Stoves Camping Firestarter Fire Pit BBQ, 10 Lbs

Totally Pure

This natural product uses the resin from Ocoee pine trees.EasyGoProducts

Some seasoned campers are partial to old-fashioned fatwood as a fire starter, and for good reason. Fatwood is the resinous remains of a dead pine tree. When it dies, either upright or fallen, the sap settles into the heartwood of the branches and trunk. As the tree roots, the sap hardens into resin-soaked wood that’s highly flammable and starts fires quickly and efficiently. Fatwood is super light and it’s easy to put a couple pieces in a zippered plastic baggie and stash them in your gear bag. It’s waterproof, eco-friendly and it’s available in large boxes so you can also use a few around the house.