Matches and zippos aside what works for you?
This is really similar to the mini-inferno. I have never tried it, but have heard good things about it.Can't say I have an actually lighter alternative outside of flint and lighters, but I've had good luck with cotton rounds soaked in candle wax as kindling. Dryer lint works, too, but the wax keeps the cotton rounds dry for camping, then you just rip them to get it started.
DIY: Campfire starters and candle jar storage | rebecca n. mckinnon