Stay Warm Outdoors With The Zippo Emergency Fire Starter

Fire is indispensable, especially when you're enjoying the splendor of the great outdoors. Being in high-altitude in the middle of the woods is one thing; doing it without warmth is a whole other. That's why arming yourself with the Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit should be a prerequisite before donning the hiking boots.

Just because you learned how to start a fire from scratch in wilderness class doesn't mean you are going to successfully start one the next time you try. I've watched enough Survivor episodes to know even seasoned outdoorsmen can't make a fire that fast, unless you shoot flames from your hands.  With this instant-fire kit on hand, you can save all that energy for another day. After all, you will likely need all that strength for wrestling wild bears, climbing steep rocks and carrying your portable DVD boombox for tomorrow's itinerary.

Shaped like a regular lighter, the Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit lets you start a flame in a jiffy. Pop the lid open and pull out a water-resistant, waxed tinder stick, which you can light with the flint wheel ignition right next to it. One spin is all it should take. The orange-colored, compact case features rugged metal construction and a water-resistant O-ring seal to keep the contents dry at all times.

Duct tape can do plenty of wonderful things, but it can never light a fire. Until somebody figures out a way to do just that, better keep one of these things for your outdoor stash instead. For only $19.95, it's a cheap price to pay.

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2 Responses

  1. Bloody_T

    How to start a fire with duct tape:
    Materials; sticks and duct tape, tinder/dried grass
    Step 1, find a nice even stick about 3.5 feet long.
    step 2, take duct tape and tape the ends of the stick together bending the stick to resemble a bow (also useful..), pinch the duct tape together so the the sticky part on the ‘string’ is on the inside
    Step 3, find another stick fairly straight, between .4 and .7 inches thick
    step 4, set a small log (preferably without bark, and with a nice little dip in it (to keep your stick steady)), with the tinder/brush on top. now take the straight stick, and wrap it once around the tape, now set 1 end of this stick in the dip on the bark, and set tender around it, other end of the straight stick in your hand, aimed at the rock
    step 5, slide the bow back and forth causing the straight stick to rotate fairly fast, greatly decreasing the time/effort to start a fire over rubbing the sticks by hand..

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  2. mike

    I think it is funny that they say it is about the same size as a lighter. It is a lighter. It might use a different type of fuel, a waxed tinder stick. Maybe somehow this makes it easier than a regular lighter but I don’t see how. It’s better to learn primitive fire starting because it is as easy to carry a whole pocketful of bic lighters as it is to carry pretty much any firestarter, even just the regular striker type sticks. People nowadays think that it some kind of status thing to always try and use a spark and tinder. A regular bic lighter is fully equipped with flint and steel and most of us are wearing or carrying tinder on our persons most all the time. I learn and practice primitive techniques just in case and I use them just fun to but if I have to choose one thing, this thing, or a striker, I’ll choose a bic lighter. One argument against a lighter is that they run out of fuel. How many times have you used this thing or your magnesium? They wear out to and this thing runs out of tinder sticks. I haven’t tried it but I bet you can get more lights from a lighter than you do before your fire starter breaks. Try using it every day for one week.

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