Category: Fire Making

4Directions Bushcraft cover

4Directions Bushcraft

4Directions Bushcraft is owned and operated by Chris and Tawny Deslo. They are based in Missouri and all of their tinder products are locally sourced on their own land. They take great care in preserving resources, which is admirable. They recently sent over a few of their products for evaluation. I’ll tell you up front, […]

Dragon Fire cover

Dragon Fire Tinderbox Extreme Pouch

Okay, let’s deal with this right up front, so as to hopefully reduce the number of snarky comments later. The question many people propose is some variation of, “Why would I spend money on a bag of forest litter?” Here’s the thing. First, keep in mind that not everyone is at the same skill level. […]

Pocket Bellows Review

Pocket Bellows Fire Kit

As you should know by now, fire is critical to survival. At a minimum, it will help prevent hypothermia, which is a very real threat in even somewhat mild weather. Plus, let’s face it, being able to get a fire going in adverse conditions is just pretty damn cool and is guaranteed to impress those […]

Ferro Rod

Living Large in the Wilds Ferro Rod and Fire Kit

I love using ferro rods for making fire. Typically, I’ll use one of them instead of a butane lighter or just about any other method. Honestly, I just think it looks cool when you send a shower of sparks down on your tinder. My kids dig it, too. The thing is, though, some people have […]



I stumbled across InstaFire a while back and they were kind enough to send me a few sample packets for review. I have to say, I’m mightily impressed by this product! InstaFire is relatively new to the fire starter market but they’ve really been making a name for themselves as the hottest thing to come […]

Exotac Matchcap

Exotac Matchcap

I routinely carry a stash of strike anywhere matches in every survival kit I put together. While I also have butane lighters as they are cheap, having matches as well is just common sense. However, you need to make sure you keep them dry, right? To do so, I’ve used things like old prescription bottles, […]