While rubbing two sticks together to start a fire worked fine for early man, it’s far from the ideal way to get a fire going in an emergency situation. So it’s best to have multiple options available to you if, or when, you find yourself in a crisis.
Face it, if you’re cold or wet or hungry — or all three — you don’t need to be wasting valuable time using primitive methods to start a fire when modern conveniences are available.
In his book, 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive, survivalist Cody Lundin recommends you have three forms of fire starters in your survival kit: Matches, a butane lighter and a magnesium block.
The matches should be the strike-anywhere variety, prepared with a wax coating and stored in a water-tight container. The lighter should be the adjustable variety.
For the magnesium block, Lundin recommends attaching a section of an old hacksaw blade to the magnesium block. The blade can be used to scrape shavings off the block to aid in getting a flame going in the tinder.