This fire-starting system is standard issue in GI aviation survival vests. The author carried one all over the world operationally and found it to be easy to use and weatherproof.
The kit comes with numerous pieces of Tinder-Quik fire-starting material
The striker wheel can be had with aluminum or brass handles and is reusable hundreds of times. The flint is replaceable, and the Spark-Lite kit comes with a spare.
The Spark-Lite system is comprised of Tinder-Quik fire-starting material and a striker wheel. The kit rides in a box small enough to get lost in a pocket, yet is completely reliable and effective.
In the wilderness, fire is comfort, peace, protection and life. No matter how advanced we become, we will never outgrow the mesmerizing entrancement of a simple fire.
In a survival situation, making fire is at the top of the list of critical tasks. Finding food, collecting water, organizing a simple agrarian community and fighting intruders are great, but if you are wet, cold and without a fire, you are combat ineffective.
Of all the countless methods of conjuring fire in a primitive environment, one in particular is waterproof, easy to use and extremely lightweight. The Spark-Lite fire-starting kit from Four Seasons Survival is as simple as it is elegant. The entire system fits into a plastic box small enough to get lost inside a pocket. At its heart, the Spark-Lite system is a small rod sporting a rotary flint and steel. The rod itself can be had in aluminum or brass, and the kit also contains eight pieces of waterproof Tinder-Quik as well as a spare flint. A plastic kit is also available, however these do not have the flint or wrench, and are made to throw away after the spark is gone.
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Tinder-Quik is a small packet of compressed cotton fibers designed to be readily ignitable. To use the Spark-Lite, the Tinder-Quik is fluffed out a bit as twigs and similar fuel for the starter fire are set in place. Hold the striker wheel a short distance from the tinder and spin the wheel in the direction shown by the arrow. The resulting shower of sparks ignites the Tinder-Quik in a hurry. If the wheel is wet, simply shake the water out before using. If the Tinder-Quik is frozen, just warm it in your palm before lighting. The device is also designed to be usable one-handed in the event of injury. The striker wheel can be used hundreds of times.
When I was an Army aviator on active duty, we carried Spark-Lite kits in our survival vests. Matches can absorb moisture and become worthless, and cigarette lighters gradually bleed fuel over time until they are empty. By contrast, the Spark-Lite kit is impervious to weather and will likely outlive you. A truly trivial investment can put a Spark-Lite kit in your car, your house and your bug-out bag. With a Spark-Lite handy, you will never be deprived of fire. For more information, visit fourseasonssurvival.com or call 814-234-0698.
This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE ™ Winter 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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