Here at BUCKFISH, we love siting by fires. We love building fires. We love fire! But fires aren’t always easy to come by. Especially, deep in the Smokies, where a rain shower can pop up with little warning. Regardless of where you are building it, a fire needs three components commonly referred to as the Fire Triangle (aka Combustion Triangle): heat, fuel and oxygen. But cold, wet, windy conditions that can cause hypothermia can also make building a fire tougher than usual. That’s why you need a quality fire starter and useable tinder.

Of course, there are numerous ways to start a fire, whether it be for for survival or backpacking needs.  But when it comes down to it, some fire starting methods make more sense than others.  Our friends at Equip2Survive, have taken a look at 10 fire starters and 10 tinder sources, to determine the benefits and drawbacks of each. So, before you head out on your next trip to the backcountry, don’t forget to add at least one of these tried and true fire starters to your bag.

Top 10 Fire Starters & Tinder - BUCKFISH
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