A good emergency fire starter is a must for any disaster preparedness kit. Whether you are in a wilderness or urban environment a survival fire is essential for heat, cooking, and sometimes light. While starting a fire is possible with nothing more than wood and friction, it is much easier if you have a good Magnesium rod and striker, windproof lighter, or weather proof matches available.
Which is the best fires starter? It depends on your situation and preference. A fire striker is only good if you have dry tinder or fuel available. Lighters will light anything as long as they don't run out of fluid. Weather proof matches are a great solution if they work properly.