To start a fire heat, combustible material, and oxygen are required and these starters can take care of those first two and since none of these require fuel, they’re more reliable in a dire situation and can really come in handy.
Best Overall: Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Fire Starter
This bad boy contains everything you need to start a fire under all kinds of conditions. This fire starter comes in a waterproof storage compartment and is very lightweight and portable. It is constructed with a ferrocerium rod and a metal striker. It is kept together with a lanyard type of build in which you can use to wear around your neck or attach to gear.
Best Sticks: Better Wood Products Fatwood Firestarter
Fatwood sticks are an excellent option if you’re looking for a safe non-toxic, all-natural fire starter. They have a high concentration of resin which allows the wood to be started quickly with a single match even with wood possibly being wet. This product may be purchased in 10, 15, 25, 35 and 50-pound boxes.
Best Budget: Survival Spark Magnesium Survival Fire Starter w/Compass & Whistle
This budget fire starter has all your needs at an affordable price. The firestarter is attached with a lanyard and holds together a magnesium fire starter rod, a large striker, a high-quality compass and an emergency whistle. It can be used up to 15,000 times also is weather/cold resistant and windproof.
Best for Charcoal Grills: Lighter Cubes by Weber
A decent amount of people have trouble getting a charcoal pit starter, but with the Lighter Cubes by Weber will have that as the thing to be left in the past. Whether it be wet or windy have no fear because this product will get things lit and they won’t leave a lighter fluid taste on your food.
Best for Portability: Magnesium Flint Fire Starter by The Friendly Swede
This thing comes with more features than a typical firestarter but having a bottle opener, a scraping tool and small rulers to measure in centimeters and inches could come in handy at some point so the more options the better. The flint rod throws extremely hot sparks so it’s perfect for camping, survival, and many other outdoor activities.