Best fire starter for bushcraft and survival

There are several different methods for starting a fire in the wild – but with the absence of a naked flame, what is the best fire starter for bushcraft and survival.

BOWDRILL for bushcraft skillsThere has always been a few tried and tested fire starting methods that have burning ember from friction sawbeen passed down through the ages – most will result in a burning ember, sufficient to be added to some dry tinder to achieve a flame.

The main object has always been to produce that hot burning ember as quickly as possible, and also using as little effort as possible – once you have it, you then a means to ignite your fuel, namely dry tinder and from there you have the basis of a fire.


This ‘friction method’ has been an old favourite amongst bushcrafters and producing fire this way is very rewarding – but, unfortunately, it can also be quite tiring and time consuming. As well as taking a lot of practice to perfect.

Many bushcraft and survival experts will use a ‘firesteel / ferro rod’ as their preferred method but that method has its drawbacks – namely, you are producing sparks only, and hoping to get your tinder to ignite.

What is the best method for producing a hot ember both quickly and reliably, every time?

Fortunately we have moved on and modern methods have made it a lot easier and quicker to get that hot ember.

I have been researching this area of fire starting and have found, what I consider, the best fire starter for bushcraft and survival in one easy bit of survival kit.

It’s made by Bushcraft Essential of Germany and is capable of producing a burning hot ember in a matter of seconds with almost zero effort.

This type of equipment is known as a fire piston, and this particular one has just become available on the market.

The BE Fire Piston  will save you time and guarantee easy firelighting each time.

Here’s some specifications of the BE Fire Piston:
  • Precision CNC machined
  • High grade aluminium alloybushcraft essential fire piston
  • high quality nitrile rubber piston gaskets
  • Weight: 160 grams
  • Length: 125 mm
  • Diameter: 23 mm
  • waterproof (IPX8) capsule for tinder storage
  • Internal ferrocerium rod


What makes this such a good method of starting a fire?

This is a precision engineered bit of kit, something you would expect from the German engineers Bushcraft Essential – theres a lot of thought gone into this and it shows. The ease at which it is capable of producing a hot ember is quite amazing..

In order to show how good the fire piston actually is, I have done a review video:



Well as you can see in the video, it does exactly what you’d want it to do – no messing, no fuss, it was easy to load and easy to use, with no fuss.

The best bit – it took under 1 minute to give me a hot ember ready for fire making.

I really like this bit of survival kit and it definitely gets a 10/10 from me.