Light My Fire Firesteel Scout

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Light My Fire Firesteel Scout -
Light your barbecue, camp fire or gas stove with a Light My Fire Scout Swedish Firesteel. Works in any conditions, even when wet, and lasts for 3000 strikes. The contestants on Survivor® dream about this handy, life saving device.

Features:

  • Lights campfires, stoves, gas barbecues.
  • Lasts from 3,000 strikes.
  • Wt. 1.8oz.
  • Approved by the International Survival Instructors Association.
  • Bright spark can be used as an emergency signal.
  • Works equally well when wet.
  • Swedish FireSteel®'s 3000°C (5500°F) spark makes fire building easy in any weather, at any altitude.
Cabelas
In a survival situation, fire can mean the difference between life and death. This highly effective and inexpensive tool was originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense to enable soldiers to build fires in extreme conditions at any altitude. Striking the stainless steel starter(included) against the Firesteel® rod produces bright 5,400°F sparks to start a fire, light a camping stove or grill and even for emergency signaling at night. It even works when wet. Remains effective for up to 3,000 strikes. Nothing is left behind, so it’s compatible with leave-no-trace wilderness ethics.
Weight: 1.1 oz.
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Light My Fire Firesteel Scout Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

It's all I use anymore.

It sparks well with the supplied steel but... a used hack saw blade with the teeth ground off (an end with the hole about 1 1/2 inches long) make this baby shower sparks like nothing else. I use it with my own made tinder or a half dozen natural found tinders. As long as you keep your tinder dry. In the beginning keep a Mini-Bic in your medical kit. Just in case. You won't need it. As said by others it is great for alcohol stoves. If you use it to light Esbit you need to get a primary mini fire going to ignite them.A bit of tinder will do.
Nealster at Campmor on 12/12/2013

Easiest to use

Opened the package. Took a little lint from the dryer and walked outside. Grabbed a handful of damp hay and placed the lint on top. Struck the Light my fire towards the lint and on the second strike it exploded into flames. I repeated the same test using a little torn toilet tissue on top of the damp hay to make sure I wasn't dreaming. First strike the tissue exploded into flames. I you can't start a fire with this you shouldn't leave your house.
jdreggors at Campmor on 03/03/2011

How to video for using this product

This product just works if you know how to use it. My 11 year old daughter was able to get a fire started with just one attempt. This is possible if you know what to do. Get started with good tinder. The best I have found is a cotton ball with a small dab of petrolium jelly. This is a super light tinder and is fool proof. You can carry a weeks worth in a tiny ziplock bag!
Gadget guy at Campmor on 04/04/2011

Light My Fire

I have had several fire starters over the years and this one is a good compliment for your kit. It is easier to use than magnesium starters but in my opinion it doesn't replace magnesium. If you have some reasonably dry tinder it works great. It is also small and light so it is easy to pack away.
Anonymous at Cabelas on 10/08/2013

Lit My Fire

I first tested this in the winter lighting my alcohol stove. After two sparks I was on my way to a hot meal! It sparks very easily and hasn't worn away too quickly. I love it and will always come back to this product for my lightweight fire starting needs!
Buck at Campmor on 01/01/2011

Must have survival item.

Needed new one and found it is perfect gift/stocking stuffer for outdoors sportspersons. Good first fire starting tool for teaching youths to build survival fire. Way easier than magnesium bar. Have started fires in all weather conditions with this. Must have in survival kit.
mb at Campmor on 01/01/2012

Fireball of sparks

I bought this for backcountry camping/hunting as a back-up to convential fire starting means (waterproof matches/windproof lighter). It is very small/weighs nothing and this baby throws sparks! Follow the directions and clean the paint of the rod and you are good to go.
Flatlander at Campmor on 09/09/2012

When you need a fire

Whenever you need a fire and don't have any matches this is as good as it gets. Anyone who ventures into the woods, backcountry or desert should carry one of these at all times. DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!
Outback Brian at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Works

I used on a couple of short backpacking trips for my alcohol stove. It puts out a good spark but you need to make sure you use the correct side of the steel. I have not tried wet.
Boriskova at Campmor on 12/12/2010

The Swedish Work Ethic

My 3rd purchase, this one is for an emergency kit I am preparing. The unit is simple to use, produces a sizable spark even when wet and provides piece-of-mind with negligible weight.
beeman at Campmor on 11/11/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Can't see its advantage over match

If you carry your matches and striking surface in a dry container, and replace them when their numbers go down, it is unlikely you will ever need this device. The combination of a dry match and some paper will allow you to start a fire almost anywhere you can find kindling and fuel.

Firesteel will do the same, BUT you must ALSO have either (1) easy to light tinder, (2) pure cotton balls rubbed with petroleum jelly, or (3) dryer lint. I had no trouble starting a fire with (3), but I could just as easily have started the same fire with a match and paper. And finding paper in the back country is a LOT easier than finding dryer lint or cotton balls. Sometimes it's even easier than finding easy to light tinder.

Some will insist that Firesteel has the advantage over matches in that it works even if wet. This is true, but ONLY to the extent that it will spark even when wet. It will NOT start a fire unless what you spark is also dry. Thus, you're basically where you were before -- you can only start a fire IF you keep something dry. And I think that keeping matches dry is just as easy as keeping lint dry.

Others will note that Firesteel gives thousands of sparks, meaning it will work even after you've used all your matches. Overcoming this "problem" becomes simply a matter of ensuring you have enough matches for your intended back-country travel. For me, three a day have proven more than adequate. I also keep separate boxes in separate areas of my pack and pockets, ensuring that I'll always have enough even in emergencies.

The main use I can see for a Firesteel is a true emergency (loss of pack, extreme weather) where a fire is an absolute must and matches won't work. In this case, you'd better have brought (2) or (3) or know how to find (1) quickly during your emergency. It seems to me that simply carrying dry matches with paper would be just as good a solution.
GoldenBear at Campmor on 04/04/2012

Ok, but not great

It is short and will spark, but spending a couple bucks extra to get a better firesteel would be money well spent, especially if you think you'll need to start a fire in adverse conditions.

My kids can practice it with it but I will have a better solution for actual camping.
coachin2au at Campmor on 06/06/2012