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Building a Complete Firestarting Kit

by Survival Dispatch Staff

When it comes to planning out your fire starter kit, it’s a good idea to account for the types of situations you will likely encounter when you need a fire…specifically when it’s dark, cold or wet.

In addition to getting the fire started, you need to have components in your kit that will help maintain the flame until your fire is large enough for your needs.

Many of the fire starter kits you see on the Internet are geared towards getting a fire started, but don’t include enough pieces to keep the fire going until it reaches critical mass. These kits have a number of redundant fire starter methods, but leave out this important feature.

In this article we will break down an excellent Fire Starter Kit video from Everyday Carrying to show you a versatile fire starter kit checklist that you can use to make your own multi-purpose kit.

Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer

This handy little bag is the perfect size for your portable fire starter kit. You can cut off the draw strap if you want to make the bag even more compact.

maxpedition firestarting kit bag on a table with a mans hands opening it

Streamlight Nano Flashlight

Remove the paracord zipper attachment and add a Streamlight Nano flashlight. Many times when you need to make a fire it is because it’s getting dark. It’s not fun to try to get a blaze going when you can’t see what you are doing. The Nano is a weatherproof, personal flashlight featuring a 100,000 hour life LED that produces 10 lumens of light.

streamlight attachment on maxpedition firestarting kit bag with two hands opening it

Numyth Tohil Lighter

A simple peanut style lighter that works every time you need it. The Tohil was designed to give you a compact, well-made, long-lasting fire-starting tool. An o-ring seals the opening of the body, giving you watertight construction and keeping the lighter fluid from drying out while in your pocket or pack.

open maxpedition bag with firestarting equipment and tohil lighter ignited

UST Micro SparkWheel

The Micro SparkWheel is a small, reliable fire starter that will generate sparks in cold, wet, and windy conditions.

ust micro spark wheel spinning over maxpedition fire starter kit and two hands

Ferrocerium (Ferro) Rod

Use as a last resort spark generator. Strike it with a knife to get a spark if for some reason your lighter and sparkwheel fail.

two hands holding ferro rod over a fire starter kit on table

ITS 550 Jute Paracord

By simply removing the inner strands of the paracord, you can access the Jute core and roll it into a fire starting tinder bundle. Just the slightest spark will ignite this natural fiber. It works best if you pull it apart a bit until it looks like a bird’s nest.

two hands holding jute paracord over fire starter kit

SOG Flash 1 Folding Knife

Good for prepping your tinder, or getting some shavings to help get your fire started. The Flash I (Straight edge) comes with glass-reinforced nylon (GRN) handle and a straight edge, Satin finished blade.

two hands opening a folding knife over fire starter kit

Tinder-Quick Fire Tabs

Each Tinder-Quik Fire Tab is specially treated to a high standard to ensure the cotton is waterproof and will provide a more than adequate burn time for starting a fire. Each tab burns for 1-2 minutes.

tinder-quick fire tabs in a bag held by two hands over a fire starter kit


InstaFire is a patented blend of volcanic rock, wood pellets, and paraffin wax. This patented formula makes InstaFire water resistant for use in even the most severe weather such as rain, snow or high winds.  InstaFire burns at nearly 1000 degrees and will dry out your wet wood.

bag of instafire pellets held in right hand over a firestarting kit

Fresnel Lens

Fresnel lenses act like magnifying glasses, which means that you can focus the sun’s rays on a small point to instantly light many kinds of tinder.

fresnel lens in an orange sleeve held by two hands over a firestarting kit

Aluminum Soda Can

While it’s not the most high tech piece of equipment in your kit, an aluminum soda can is useful as a wind screen when you first get your fire started. Cut your can up ahead of time and put it in your kit.

hands making a circle shape with an aluminum can cutout for starting a fire

Fatwood Tinder Sticks

Made with high resin content wood, fatwood tinder sticks are extremely easy to light, work even when wet, and produce an extremely hot flame. You can shave the wood down a bit to make your fire easier to start.

flatwood tinder sticks in left hand over a fire starter kit

Putting It All Together

We recommend that you watch the entire video below for a more in-depth breakdown of each component in this kit. Near the end [8:15 mark] you’ll also see step-by-step instructions for using the contents to get a nice, warm, potentially life-saving fire going.

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