View Full Version : Lighters?

04-04-2012, 12:50 PM
What kind of lighter does everyone use while out in the backcountry? I had a Colibri butane lighter that I used for years and really liked, but unfortunately, I recently lost it. Looking on the internet has turned up few results of a lighter that is similar to the one I had; windproof, altitude adjustable, reliable, refillable, etc.

It's interesting that I couldn't find much on this. I feel like starting a fire is the number one way to stay alive if SHTF. I like to be redundant in this area and carry multiple methods, but I would really like to find a super reliable, go-to lighter that puts out a super hot flame.

04-04-2012, 05:09 PM
I'd be interested to know what guys carry for this as well. Around my neck of the woods getting stuck outside is a non-issue.

I currently carry a striker stick with some starter cubes and lent. Do most guys carry a gas lighter?

Kevin Root
04-04-2012, 05:20 PM
I just carry a lightweight butane lighter. Fire starter, chapstick that I typically carry or cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly works well to have on hand as well and it does not weigh much.

04-04-2012, 05:26 PM
I carry a waterproof canister of matches, and a stick and striker type firestarter. The matches have never failed me yet.

04-04-2012, 05:54 PM
Lightweight butane lighter as well, With a backup BIC in the survival kit if need be.

04-04-2012, 08:09 PM
Two mini bics, small pack of storm-proof matches, tiny flint and four cotton balls in vaseline.

04-04-2012, 08:19 PM
I carry a butane lighter, bic lighter, matches, and one of those magnesium strikers you can shave off the handle for tinder, along with cotton balls soaked in vaseline in a film canister. If I am on the horse I also carry a road flare. That sucker will burn forever and get any wet wood going.

04-04-2012, 08:23 PM
For me, i carry a windproof refillable butane lighter, one or two backup bics, vaseline soaked cotton balls and one or two MRE fuel sticks. Maybe a little over kill, but if i have to unexpectedly spend the night on the mountain, the last thing i want to worry about is how to stay warm.

04-04-2012, 08:34 PM
What brands and models of butane lighters?

04-04-2012, 09:01 PM
What brands and models of butane lighters?

It's a SOLO brand, and the real cool part is it has a compass on the lid for the times your REALY LOST :D

Kevin Root
04-04-2012, 09:11 PM
The brand I use is the standard mini bic butane with a flint rather than one with a piezo igniter. I go in a lot of wilderness areas 9000+ ft that discourage building open fires and my Jetboil stove has a piezo so I use it more for a back up ignighter for the stove for food in case the piezo fails and as a emergency fire builder. Due to not building open fires on those back country areas, I tend to rely on my clothes layers for warmth so the fire would be for emergency. Waterproof matches or one of the magnesium shaved flint strikers would be less mechanical failure for emergency but ease of use lighters are hard to beat.

04-04-2012, 10:37 PM
Mine is by UST (Ultimate Survival Technologies), I picked it up at Sportsman's Warehouse for $40. The model is DELTA.