Prepping 101: $4 Firestarter Disk From China – Field Test

Fire Starting Disk on Banggood – $4.29
(Note that on Monday Sept 19 Banggood lowered the price to $2.49, but then ran out of the deal. Now the US wareshouse deal is gone. Oh well. )

This week I’m just sharing a pretty cool find with you guys that I scored on a website called Banggood. It’s about the dumbest name for a retail website ever, but they do a good deal of advertising on Facebook and I’ve ordered from them before. A couple weeks ago this nifty little fire starting disk came up on my ads, and I just assumed I’d order it and it wouldn’t work. Well it did, and as you can see in the video, it doesn’t take an hour to light the material. As soon as you hit the item you are trying to burn with the focused light, it burns. Cool.

If you haven’t read my overview on firestarters, you should check it out. Some of the the links to the products are now dead, but you can still find them. There is a ton of misinformation out there about fire starters, magnesium, ferocium, char cloth, that kind of stuff, and I go through it pretty good. The full sheet magnifier is even cheaper these days on Ebay, so if you don’t have one, I’d for sure get some. But for a pack, or a trunk bag or whatever, this disk works just fine and a lot less prone to damage. At these prices, it’s just stupid to not have redundant methods to start fires without fuels or matches.

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