I was talking to someone recently about what type of gear I carry and I mentioned that I carry several types of fire starters. I generally carry a ferrocerium rod, a Bic lighter and a pack of storm matches along with some tinder. Of course they asked why I carry multiple starters and I explained the importance of being able to start a fire and the need to carry a backup or two, and then they asked which one I would use first. That was actually a good question, and got me thinking about the order I use them. My Light My Fire Army 2.0 is rated for 12,000 strikes, so even with several strikes per fire means I should get several thousand fires out of one. It makes sense to me to use this first as it will last the longest. I've never smoked so I don't really know how long a Bic lighter will last, but based on my usage a butane lighter should be good for several hundred fires. So I figure this is my second to use item. A match is a one time use item, so I tend to save these as my 'last resort' option. Obviously there are some conditions that would change things. A ferro rod is pretty dependent on good tinder prep, so if I couldn't get good feather sticks due to wet wood or (shudder) not having a knife on hand I might have to use some of the tinder I carry, which is also a one time use item. And if I were very cold I'd skip straight to the Bic to get a fire going as quickly as possible (insert 'ain't nobody got time fo that' meme here. ) Thoughts?