Sunday, March 2

Gear Review: UST Sparkie Firestarter

"He worked slowly and carefully, keenly aware of his danger. Gradually, as the flame grew stronger, he increased the size of the twigs with which he fed it. He squatted in the snow, pulling the twigs out from their entanglement in the brush and feeding directly to the flame. He knew there must be no failure" 

The quote from To Build a Fire, by Jack London suggests the methodical nature of proper fire building and its immediacy and critical nature for survival.

While the fire building triangle of Heat, Fuel and Oxygen remains a constant, new technologies and materials have allowed man to build a fire quickly with safe, reliable products.

The Sparkie, produced by Ultimate Survival Technologies is a great example of these new products. 

Inexpensive; solidly built; simple to use. $~5 at Walmart