Survival Camping–A Zippo Fire Starter?

I’m a nonsmoker who rarely handles cigarette lighters, but when somebody suggested using a Zippo lighter for a fire starter, I thought it sounded like a good idea. Having a lighter or two in your survival supplies makes sense because you’d have a reliable source of flame when you need it.

Having a good fire starter is essential for any pack or kit when you’re camping, hiking, or in the wild for any particular reason. If you’re in an ice storm this winter and have no way to start the kitchen stove, you need a way to start a fire for a propane stove or for Esbit fuel tabs under a can of beans.

Having more than one way to start a fire is a good idea. Fire starters and lighters aren’t that expensive. I’m not a purist who thinks survival means using only primitive means of lighting a fire. I’m thankful for little wonders like cigarette lighters.

You can find lighters in many retail outlets, but if you’d like the convenience of shopping online, go to Amazon and search for Zippo lighters. Stock up on lighter fluid while you’re at it.

Zippo has been around for decades and comes highly recommended. Get a Zippo Lighter or two for your survival kits, and buy extras as practical gifts.

Wouldn’t the three thousand year old man have loved a Zippo? When you’re without modern conveniences, wouldn’t you?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

5 thoughts on “Survival Camping–A Zippo Fire Starter?”

  1. I recently bought a Zippo, a brass one.I also got their leather case with a belt clip. Stitched leather, very heavy and a strong belt clip. I don’t smoke either, I just wanted a Zippo. You can use other fuel than regular lighter fuel if you like.

  2. I want to buy a good fire starter but I was little bit confuse. Thanks as you gave nice solution by informing about this Zippo fire starter. I feel glade to be a part of this site. I will visit it in future too.

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