Need to get a fire started quick?
Well better have a quality fire starter at the ready.
I got a chance to thoroughly test out the Titan Survival Chok-Taw Fire Tabs and here is how they performed.
What do you carry in your pocket for a quick fire in the most dire of circumstances? Such instances might be an overturned canoe and your pack is somewhere now miles down the river. Better pack a fire starter and kit in your pockets on your person instead of losing all of your gear. Behold the Altoid style tins filled with necessary tiny sized gear that has been popular for a long time. What about packing that tin with small firestarters?
Instructions on using this life saver is easy enough. Titan Survival states:
“To use, simply create a small bird’s nest of dry, light-weight kindling. Then take one CHOKTAW Fire Tab, untwist it, then fray it by rubbing the 4x strands from the Fire Tab between your palms. This will loosen the fibers and create more surface area to take a spark. From there, pull the frayed fibers into a flat disk, and place it in the middle of your bird’s nest.
Once you have your tinder pile ready, hit it with a few strikes of your favorite SurvivorSteel™ ferro-rod, and you’re good to go!”
Let’s take a close look at the Fire Tabs themselves:
- THE ULTIMATE EMERGENCY TINDER – Starting a fire can be challenging, so we’ve designed CHOKTAW Fire Tabs to be easy to light in all weather conditions and highly resistant to water, wind, & weather. Whether you’re lighting your fire with a spark-generating tool like TITAN Survival’s SurvivorSteel™ Ferro-Rod, or simple matches, lighters, or flint strikers – We’ve got you covered!
- EASY TO USE – Simply pull the waxed jute strands of the Fire Tabs apart, into a small bird’s nest, ignite it, and add kindling. A small pile of frayed CHOKTAW Fire Tabs burns for 1-2 minutes, greatly enhancing your fire-building success rates.
- RELIABLE WARMTH – CHOKTAW Fire Tabs are made from the same waxed jute fiber used in our patented SurvivorCord®, found in U.S. Embassy Survival Kits around the world, and trusted by Veterans and Bushcrafters everywhere. It is wind-resistant, waterproof, and ignites easily even on damp or windy days.
- DISASTER PREPAREDNESS – Add this jute fire-tinder to your emergency preparedness kit and you’ll be ready for any situation. From natural disasters, to power outages, to off-grid survival scenarios, our waterproof tinder just works. Add it to your backpacks, camping gear, bug-out bags, and vehicles so that you’re always prepared.
- RETAIL PACKAGE: 1x Reusable CHOKTAW Fire Tabs Tin
- PACKAGE WEIGHT: 2.3 oz. (66 g)
- PACKAGE DIMENSIONS: 3.50” x 2.50” x 0.75”
- FIRE TABS PER TIN: 40x
I decided the best test would be an average cheap lighter already handy in my pocket. Most of us have already have some floating around somewhere in our kits and bug out bags. Testing was done on a very windy day. A flint striker also would certainly work too. Following the instructions above I made two quick videos of the outcome:
It is imperative you follow the instructions and pull the Fire Tabs apart into a small nest of tinder. This allows small fibers to catch fire in an instant. I was curious what would happen if the instructions were not followed and a whole Fire Tab was ignited. Well, the Fire Tab burned lightly, very slow, smokey and then shortly later put itself out. Make sure you prepare it correctly as instructed and it does a great job at getting a fire started quickly. Make sure also you add sticks and other woodland fuel a little at a time and start small, work your way bigger until your fire is the size you like.
My final thoughts on the CHOKTAW Fire Tabs are they become quite handy tucked in small bags or in your pocket. With 40 of them to a tin you have 40 fires ready to go when you need them most. I can vouch for the CHOKTAW Fire Tabs as quite useful for any survival kit. Make sure you check them out and all of Titan Survival’s great outdoor survival related gear on their website.
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