When you think of survival, what comes to mind? A flickering, welcoming fire outside a tent on a cloudless, starry night? Perfect, isn’t it? But the elements aren’t always on our side. As intrepid adventurers and survival specialists, we know that there’s a world of difference between the idyllic camping trip and a stomp through adverse conditions.
If you need to get a fire going soon, you need to know that you have the right tools for the job. Heat and the means to eat something warm can help on a treacherous trip, so be prepared. Here’s some essentials to keep the fires burning:
Sometimes, all that will help in a life or death situation is a blast of concentrated oxygen. Even with damp fuel material, this pocket bellows tool gets to work when you need it. Blow down this metal tube and a precision-pointed jet of air is directed into the heart of your woodpile, meaning you can spark a fire in seconds and not worry about more fiddly ways to get a bit of warmth about you. Collapsing to about 9cm, this piece of kit is truly essential. When matches, lighters and other means fail only give you a glowing ember, here's your free ticket to a roaring blaze.
The world’s smallest waterproof lighter is a bold claim, but this option for lighting fires in even the most treacherous of conditions offers great value as well as versatility. Made to be refilled with simple lighter fluid, there’s a lot to be said for how many scrapes this might get you out of. The neoprene ‘O’ ring gives you a seal against any water getting in, meaning even in a deluge, this little hero can get you out of some tight spots. Attachable to a bag or buckle, it’s barely noticeable in weight too. It’s best to be prepared and this ensures you will be.
A hard-wearing and reliable option if you need that extra bit of protection for the rough and tumble of a longer adventure. The Peanut Ti Lighter comes encased in a titanium body, meaning you can really treat it roughly and it will still perform with no issue. Simply fill with lighter fluid and go! Small enough to be attached to a chain and worn round the neck, it’s an essential piece of kit that will last you a lifetime of scrambling, toughing it and getting out there.
Go rustic for once. If you want the caveman experience, then go for it! All you need is this flint sparker and some kindling. Small enough to fit in a pocket or satchel, this should be in everyone’s kit.
Take it easy on yourself, fire should be the first thing you sort when you decide to bed down for the night or pick your camping spot. If you’d prefer an almost instant fire, here’s a solution. Readymade kindling, matches and the best way to get a fire raging when you need it, this Petromax fire kit offers you a disposable quick fix. You might need to pack a few if you’re out exploring for days, but you’ll thank yourself in the long run.
While you’re preparing for your next adventure, you could spend the evenings revising all the available fire lighting techniques with the Guide to Making Fire book - full of great tips, and useful ideas.
Written by Christopher Nyerges, co-founder of the School of Self-Reliance, this considered book will give you advice that is 100% trustworthy. Learn how to make a fire in the rain, the best locations to build a fire, safety precautions, how to tend a fire, how to make a signal fire, and different ways to cook with fire. Essential reading.
Perhaps the ultimate camp accessory? Light your fire in a seriously impressive shower of sparks with the Light My Fire Swedish Firesteel. A swift stroke of the steel on the rod unleashes a cascade of molten-hot sparks, ready to set your tinder alight, and set you up for a cracking evening around the fire.