Coghlans Emergency Tinder

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Coghlans Emergency Tinder -

Waterproof Coghlan's Emergency tinder works even when wet. Light it with a match or any spark source.



  • Each piece burns 5 - 7 min.; nontoxic and odorless
  • Use this tinder to restock your emergency tinder kit
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Dimensions:(Each tinder) 0.5 x 0.6 inch
Weight:1 ounce
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Coghlans Emergency Tinder Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Tinder of choice for survival camping

I use a circular breath-mint or chewing tabacco can, roll up a wire-based survival saw, put in a flint & steel or magnesium & flint, and then add a pack of these wax-based tinders. Just used a tinder from a kit I made for New Zealand 7 years ago; no problem. Take the ends of the tinder, squeeze together with a twisting motion, then slowly pull apart into 2 pieces and put them together side-by-side with the fuzzy sides pointing up -- the cotton-based fuzz will catch a spark easily (I used to scrape magnesium filings on to the top, but this isn't needed at all; apparently I just liked to dull my knife so I could watch magnesium ignite). Block any wind or heavy drooling once the the tinder lights. While kayaking & canoeing, I've dumped in rough waters more than I should (soaking everything), and once to shore, I've always been able to break up branches and ground scraps and quickly start a fire in minutes with these tinders -- then sit there and hope I'll never need to take out the saw and expect to actually cut wood or use it as a snare...
BackCountry IT at REI on 01/01/2009

careful, theyre flammable

very very handy things to have around when your 4runner breaks down in the mountains of N. cal, your cell dont work and the $400 locator you just bought gets no reception. (true story) always keep a grizzly chew can full of them tied to flint and steel in the daypack. probably saved me from frostbite after deserting my truck and walking the 4 days out of the mountains in mid november. any true outdoorsman should keep at least 20 of them available at all times
JHDave at REI on 01/01/2009

a great product

Coghlan's Emergency Tinder in combination with the Light My Fire Firesteel Scout is a sure way to get a fire started even if it is damp out. I never go on a trip without them. It super easy with some basic fire building skills like starting with especially small kindling and building up, but no bigger than an adults wrist. I have been using this for years and never had a problem.
Codie at REI on 01/01/2010

Great Product

I don't get myself into survival situations often but I do try to practice with the product that could save my life. The time I tried this stuff it lit right up after a couple sparks with a flint. It is a tad tough to pull apart but once you get the fibers sticking up it won't fail. I always thought of Coghlan's as a "low-end" brand but this stuff is excellent.
Mark at REI on 06/06/2009


I have the set that actually comes with the "flint starter" and the whole set up works great! I admit at first it wasn't working but then I pulled out the directions and learned that i had to tear it in half for it to catch flame. Once I did that it worked with one strike from the starter and KEPT burning!! I NEVER use matches or lighters anymore!
richardvg03 at REI on 09/09/2010

the best fire tinder in the world

I don't use matches anymore for backpacking and camping. I take the Light My Fire Scout fire starter and the Cohglan's emergency tinder on every wilderness adventure, whether I am planning to build a fire or light a stove. The Cohglan's tinder works great, in cold, in rain, whatever the weather. Every wilderness traveller should have a flint/steel fire starter and Cohglan's tinder with them on every outing.
Glenardo at REI on 08/08/2009

Great stuff

I love this stuff. I will not go into the backcountry without it. It gets a fire up and going in less than a minute if the conditions are dry and I've even used it in wet conditions with no problems whatsoever. I use the same method that another poster stated----a Skoal can and an emergency wire saw thrown in for just-in-case situations.
Bri-Man at REI on 05/05/2011


This stuff is great. It works extremely well in the winter because it stays lit for a long time and lights easily. The only thing is that on the box it says to cut them in half and light them, but it is a little hard to cut them. Other than that, I love it.
[...]master at REI on 09/09/2007

Easy to Light

I tear these in two and expose fibers. These fibers take a spark readily from a firesteel. These burn for me about 7-9 minutes, more than long enough for me to get a fire going. I store about 4 of them in an orange waterproof matchbox.
Off The Path at REI on 03/03/2009

Catches every time!

I've used these during summer trips and in the wet/snowy woods of the midwest to start fires. They are small and easy to use. Even if your fingers are too cold to work and get fibers exposed, they will still light by match or spark.
The Itinerant Nomad at REI on 02/02/2013

Negative Reviews:

Doesn't light

I'm mind boggled that so many people praise this. I was in a 25 degree weather at 6800ft elevation and this thing would not light for the life of me. when it did catch fire, it would go out right away. I guess it's good when the weather's dry and at sea level? I guess I would never know what people are talking about because I won't be buying these again.
I did notice my other tinder packets did not work nearly well at this temp and elevation either. my back up was white gas and stormproof matches
cannysage at REI on 12/12/2010


I used this product on a high altitude, very rainy, backpacking trip and found it unimpressive. It was difficult to get the fibers exposed if your fingers are wet and cold. And they did not produce enough heat for a long enugh time to get slightly damp tinder going. I'm going back to the WetFire brand fire starters. Now if REI would start carrying those again it would be great.
Chuck in Santa Fe at REI on 03/03/2013


Ehh... Pretty unimpressive, basically there're just cotton balls covered in wax. The tinder is really hard to open to expose the fibers. As for the burn time (about 5-7 minutes) is pretty good, but not long enough to ignite wet sticks... It does the job I guess, but I prefer the zippo tinder sticks, or the wet fire brand. Unimpressive. 2/5
Delta at REI on 01/01/2014