What is Fire In A Tin, and why should I buy it over an all-encompassing “survival” kit?
In my experience, the all-encompassing kits, while they do have many items in them, and I personally have purchased more of them than I care to disclose, usually never get opened and when you need them you don’t have what you need. They try to cover the broadest range possible and usually provide one or two products that you will actually use. After spending a small fortune on these kinds of kits over the years, I felt like I would do better to build my own kits with what I actually use. One thing to note about these all-encompassing kits is that they generally provide only one way to make a fire, and that is usually matches. They work great until, they get wet, there is a slight breeze or heaven forbid any wind, or until you try to light wet tinder/wood, and they are short lived once lit.
This is where Fire In A Tin comes into play. People who want to be prepared for anything generally live by “the rule of three’s”. The Rule of Threes: a human can survive three weeks without food, three days without water, three hours without protection from the elements, and three minutes without oxygen. In essence, you have time to find food and water, but protection from the elements is a bit more urgent. While fire is not shelter from the elements, it is warmth, which is key component of shelter. Hypothermia is a killer. Not only is fire a key component in shelter but it also sterilizes water (three days); all water should be sterilized or at least filtered to remove harmful bacteria and viruses, and boiling is the simplest way of insuring your water is safe. Fire is more than warmth and sterilization of water, it is also means of protection, a means to cook food, and probably most importantly a way to signal for help.
Fire is a key component to survival and that is the driving reason behind building Fire In A Tin. It is NOT a multipurpose kit; it is a specialized kit meant to ensure that you can get fire when you need it! Every Fire In A Tin kit comes with four ways to light a fire. If it’s raining you need more than ordinary matches. If it’s windy you need more than a lighter. The philosophy behind including multiple sources of fire tracks like this: four is three, three is two, two is one, and ONE is NONE. Simply put this is redundancy. If you only have one way to make a fire, it WILL fail and you will be left with nothing, likely at the most critical time.
Along with four ways to light a fire, you are also getting tinder, which provides the base layer to your fire. The items provided will allow you to create the “birds nest” needed to start your basic fire. All you have to do is find the kindling (sticks and logs) for your fire.
The Premium upgraded kits you are receiving more of the basic kit items along with other booster aids for the tough fire situations.