For lighting stoves instead of carrying matches we think the Mini Firesteel is a winner - at 14g it is as light as a box of matches or lighter anyway and unlike them, will produce a spark in any weather.
Gram-counter Gear says:
Generates hot sparks for lighting fires and stoves.
Ferrocium provides the sparks - a man made mix of 20 different metals fused together into a rod. Ferro rods consist of 20% iron with small amounts of zinc magnesium cerium lanthanum neodymium plus small amounts of other rare earth elements.
If you need to light fires in changeable conditions then a firesteel is certainly the most reliable option. Unlike matches or lighters you don't need to worry about rain or wind. This Mini Firesteel is capable of providing thousands of strikes to get your fire going time after time.
The simple, effective design is amazingly lightweight and compact and it easily fits into your stove set or inside a mug when you're on the move. The ergonomic design makes holding and striking it in cold conditions much easier. Even if you have a trusty lighter or pocket blow torch, at just 14g, this is the type of item you should always carry with you just-in-case.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear