Best Fire Starter

Best Fire Starter : Everstryke Perma-Match with Integrated Back-Up Fire Starter

Only the best fire starter has a place in any bug-out bag worth its salt. The Everstryke Perma-Match is a no-brainer since it’s free, so I’d like to take a few moments of your time to discuss what it is about this that makes me, (and some expert survivalists and skilled bushcraft survivalists) consider this to be among the few professional and best firestarters around.

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Here’s my take on the Everstryke Perma-Match…

Of all the questions I search for answers to online, the best fire starter tops the lot. From my experience, I can tell you that there are thousands out there claiming to be the best. Not so many for free though nor are they anywhere near the best quality fire starter tools.

Some people find themselves at the end of their tether attempting to find out what the fire starter is for their own individual needs. For cigar lighters, I much prefer lighters I can personalize by tweaking the flame settings. For a camping lighter, I’m not fond of expensive because they have to be used frequently and not all work when the weather decides to take a spin on the wild side.

Emergencies though, I always keep my options open because you can never have too many options to start a fire. And when offered a lighter for free from none other than the well-respected Joe Marshall of , well, who could pass up that?

Where I propose you start so you can determine the best fire starter for your needs

I’d recommend you start by assessing what you need based on your fire starting skills. Because among the many fire starter kits there are, some are designed for experienced bushcraft survivalists, which will do no good to someone with little camping experience, let alone survival skills and looking for only the best firestarter to keep in their bug-out bag for use in emergency situations.

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Finding out what the best fire starter is among the variants

For those who have done a little digging around fire starter kits, you’ll probably know of a few different types. For those who don’t know, popular types include:

  • Firesteel
  • Ferro Rods
  • Weatherproof matches – to the more advanced permanent match
  • All in one Swiss Army knives with an integrated fire starter
  • Lighters

All are good options, however for emergency preparedness the person with the most chance of getting a fire going in any conditions is the one who comes prepared. Ideally, you should have a few ways to start a fire and be able to do that without requiring a flame.

To start a fire, you need two things.

  1. An ignition source
  2. An accelerant

That’s all you need to get a fire started. For those with little or no wilderness survival training or know-how, the best fire starter for you will be one that provides you with the initial ignition source and an accelerant to produce a flame. All you need then is the tinder to put your flame to and get roaring fire going, providing you have appropriate tinder.

Small and compact is always the best because it can be carried lightly. That’s why lighters and matches are good fire starter options.

The problem with them is they are not all suited to all-weather conditions.

Know how to use your fire starter

Even the fire starter is of no good to you if you lack the knowledge to use it, so here’s some information you need to get the best out of any method you use to get a fire going.

Ignition source

No fire begins without an ignition source. To get that all you need is a spark. To the inexperienced, you might need many sparks but to those with the skills, you’ll know that one spark is all you need.


With an ignition source, you then need to direct the sparks to tinder that will catch fire and rapidly. The last thing you want in abysmal weather conditions is to be sparking your fire starter for hours to no avail.

Your research to find the best fire starter may have led you to the discovery of Jute Twine. It’s popular among survivalists and for good reason. It catches fire real quick, but try it in the middle of a storm and you’ll find it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Unless you know what you’re doing and are prepared

Even the fire starter will only work when you have the tinder to light. Jute twine is a good option but along with that, carry some cotton char. All cotton char is is 100% cotton, cut into smaller pieces and smoldered down to a char. Basically… cut up an old tee-short.

When cotton is prepared, it has an extremely low ignition point and it’s the secret weapon of any skilled bushcraft survivalist. When used with a flint and steel fire starter or a Ferro rod, it will ignite. Faster with a Ferro rod as that ignites at an extremely high temperature and creates a shower of sparks.

To prepare your cotton, put small pieces into a tin, pierce a hole on the top about 1cm by puncturing it with a nail and then put that onto a burning fire. A small butane camping stove is ideal because when the smoke begins to come through the hole in the tin, it stinks so do not do this indoors.

Heat the tin for about five minutes, then turn the stove off. Let it cool before you do anything. Once it’s cooled, your cotton cut-outs should be black. If there’re tints of brown in the middle of your cloth, heat it up for a little longer until it’s all the black color of charcoal. It has the same effect as charcoal, only it’s much lighter to carry. That’s why it’s preferred to store in your bug out bag for use with an emergency fire starter.

With some cotton char prepared, store it in a tin in your bug out bag, ready to use with any fire starter you choose.

One spark ignites cotton chars and you don’t need a lot

If you’re wondering what this has to do with finding the best fire starter at this stage, know that it has everything to do with it. Because if all else fails and you are only left with the ability to create a spark, that’s all you have to work with.

One small square of cotton char is all you need to catch a spark and that can then be placed into prepared jute twine.

The more ply there is to your jute twine, the more you can separate the strands into a bundle of fibers.

The aim of cotton char as a fire starter is to catch the flame just enough that it turns red. Place that into a bundle of jute twine, blow on it to spread the flame and the jute twine will ignite, without fail.

You may be thinking, you want the fire starter to provide the flame to get a fire going, but even the best can fail you because they all require an accelerant. That’s usually lighter fluid or butane gas for some lighters but when that’s out of fuel, you will be left with only a spark and no way to use it.

That’s why the information is above because if you’re only left with a spark, using cotton char and Jute Twine you will still get a fire going.

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Some of the best fire starter kits only give you a spark

Most of the best firestarter kits are designed to give you that initial spark, without relying on fuel. It’s why they’re considered excellent for emergencies and you aren’t carrying around dangerous flammables with the risk of accidental ignitions.

The most common among the types considered the best fire starter kits include:

  • Ferro Rod Strikers

Ferro stands for ferrocerium and it uses the same technique as flint and steel. You strike the flint down the steel and it produces sparks. That’s with steel, however ferrocerium has a lower ignition point and creates a shower of sparks. When you want the  fire starter in your kit, it’s ferrocerium you want to be carrying. Flint and steel are ideal for backups, but for a fire starter you can use in any weather condition, it’s hard to beat a good Ferro rod.

  • Flint and steel

Flint and steel are among the fire starters for those with experience of controlling the direction of sparks. The best technique is to place a small piece of cotton char over the steel, strike the flint downwards so that the spark is directed upwards and caught by the cotton char.

For those only just starting, it may take some practice to control the spark direction, but at the very least, a flint and steel should be considered as a backup.

With tinder to alight, the Ferro rod is the best fire starter you can have because it is weather proof, has a low ignition point and you don’t need practice controlling spark direction as it creates a shower of sparks with one strike. It’s hard to miss your tinder.

The Best Fire Starter Anyone Can Use

Since the above types are considered among the best firestarter kits, it leaves quite a lot of people without practice of using sparks as an ignition source bamboozled on whether they should be carrying these types of fire starters when they have little or no experience using them, which can leave you with a feeling of being unprepared.

Weatherproof matches are a fire starter you should always have for emergencies because every single person is capable of striking a match. Although they are described as weather proof, they are not wind proof.

Which leads us up to…

Why the EveryStryke Perma-Match is the best fire starter to carry

The design and functionality work the same as matches. In the olden days, sulphur was used for ignition. These days, it’s phosphorous with the exception of the above average Joe (Joe Marshal of survival life) who uses the simplicity of the match to bring you the Everstryke Perma-match, with the phosphorous replaced with ferrocerium. It looks like a zippo, yet it strikes like a match while making the best of ferrocerium with its built in Ferro rod that strikes at 3000 degrees Farenheit.

While it looks it a zippo lighter, all sweet and innocent, it works better because unlike the lighter, the Everstryke Perma-match has an O-ring in place to prevent your ignition fuel from evaporating. You’ll be kicking yourself when you try to start a fire with a lighter only to find yourself out of fuel.

If you do happen to run out of fuel, it has an integrated backup because you can use the Ferro rod to create a spark.

It’s lightweight, compact and provides you with an ignition source and the accelerants to get a flame going. Using this Ferro rod it ignites at 3000 degrees Fahrenheit and uses cotton soaked in lighter fluid to give you the burning flame.

You get the ignition source and the accelerant in one compact Zippo like lighter.

Getting the best from any fire starter

Regardless whether you use a lighter providing you with the initial spark and the fuel to create a flame or if you’re directing sparks to start a flame, you need tinder to ignite a fire. A flame from a lighter will not heat you up, boil water or be any decent light source outdoors.

For emergency preparedness, you need tinder and lightweight too.

What’s the best tinder?

Cotton balls and petroleum jelly

It’s no use having the fire starter in your BOB if you have no tinder to ignite. When you find yourself in an emergency, it’s rare you’ll find a large stack of firewood to get a roaring fire going.

You will find tinder to burn but most will need to be dried out. To get the fire started, you need lubricants and the best and easiest to pack are cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly. Just melt the jelly and dip the cotton balls in it. If you don’t know, petroleum jelly is water resistant so carrying that along with a fire starter, you’ll have a sure-fire way of getting a fire going.

The fire starter for emergency kits must have three things

  1. Ignition source
  2. Accelerant
  3. Tinder/kindling

The first two on the list, the Everstryke Perma-Match provides.

  • It’s as small as a lighter
  • Has the simplicity of a match
  • A reservoir for fuel
  • And that fuel reservoir is under the confines of an O ring to prevent evaporation

It has everything needed to be one of the best fire starters available. The only drawback it has is that all it’s good for is starting fires. Darn good at that but nonetheless, there are other fire starter kits around that have more survival tools all wrapped up into a full survival Swiss Army Knife.

If you all you want is a fire starter and have little or no experience in bushcraft survival you are best to go with Everstryke. It’s capable of generating up to 15,000 sparks so if you want to practice survival training, leave the fuel reservoir empty and practice with the Ferro rod only to create sparks, which you can direct to tinder such as cotton char, or Jute Twine and get a fire going with sparks alone.

This fire starter with a back-up plan

You don’t need a flame to start a fire but you will always need a spark. Use that spark as an ignition source, direct it toward an accelerant and you have yourself the ability to start a fire, even without an initial flame, fueled by accelerants.

That’s what makes the Everystryke Perma-match one of the best fire starter tools out there. You get the convenience of a lighter, with the benefit of all-weather functionality, plus the backup of the Ferro rod if you happen to run out of fuel.

Best Fire Starter : Everstryke Perma-Match with Integrated Back-Up Fire Starter Only the best fire starter has a place in any bug-out bag worth its salt. The Everstryke Perma-Match is a no-brainer since it's free, so I’d like to take a few moments of your time to discuss what it…
This is the fire starter! If I don't lose it it will last a lifetime. I always put it in my pocket so that I can start a fire anywhere even when wet.
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