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As much as I like Zippos, I highly advise against making them part of your essential gear. They are too unreliable. Vapors escape from the zippo far too easily, rendering it useless in as little as a week unless refilled constantly. Also, they are far from waterproof.

An absolute gem of gear I discovered is the Peanut Lighter. It has been riding on my keychain now (yes, its that small!) for about three years and I have yet to refill it. Totally waterproof (submergible even) and airtight. I'm not a smoker so I don't use it often but its comforting to know that since it rides with my keys I will most likely have it on me when I need it no matter where I am. And this thing lights easily every time. Here's one of many reviews I found:

 

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I'm partial to magnesium strikers. I've seen my dad's army ones lying around the house since childhood. I've never use them, but I have used flint. I'd like a bow drill kit for long term use.
 

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A bic lighter is one of my backups. I spend a few weeks a year in some very remote areas of Wyoming each year. The ability to make a fire under all conditions is essential. My favorite is petroleum jelly impregnated cotton balls and a fire steel. I am also a big fan of the K&M match case filled with waterproof matches. I usually have at least 3 different methods to start a fire on me.
 

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A Bic lighter is just a flint, some steel and butane.... All the components are there!

I prefer powdered zinc and powdered aluminum in a 60/40 mix.
 

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First, second, or third backup???

I have multiple lighters, books of matches, a flint and steel with dryer lint in ziploc bags.

Then there's the car battery with jumper cables in a pinch (assuming I'm driving it of course)... Or the flares I keep in my trunk.

If I'm already at my BOL, we have 2 ATV's and 2 lawn tractors, so there are more batteries in case I get that far without success.

I used to be good with a magnifying glass too, but it's been 5 years or more since I practiced that.

On of the smaller projects I want to accomplish this spring is a fire piston. My brother made one a few years back, but I'd like one of my own to include in my preps... I'd also like to get good at making bow drills down the road.
 

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We have several different kinds. Including magnesium,flint,zippos and a several cans of lighter fluid,dryer lint,cotton balls soaked in vaseline, and probably a few others I can't think of off the top of my head.. It is much easier for us because we are already AT our BOL..

Although, we do still have a few alternative places to go if something bad were to happen here. It just makes it easier not having to worry about carrying our stuff if something happened. We are here already..
 

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I have some .308 tracers.
 
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