My thoughts on fire: always carry and bic lighter and and a jet boil. But of course study how to do it the hard way too, just in case. A jet boil is a great tool to have. It is fast and compact, and the small canister of fuel lasts a long time and stores away inside the vessel. Very reliable. We bought ours for hiking but now not hiking so much. We keep it stored in the kitchen and when the power goes out, we still use it to boil water.