What? No friction drill, no flint & steel, no magnifying glass or even waterproof matches? No, none of those things. Just get out your Bic lighter and start the dang fire!
So no, I am not a purist when it comes to fire starting. Yes, I am looking for the easiest way to do it. But what if you lost your Bic lighter out of your pants pocket? Get the one out of your tacvest or out of your backpack, etc. You should carry three or more on you somewhere, same for each member of your group.
So what if it won’t work? Why wouldn’t it? If it is out of fuel use your spare. If it is broken use your spare. If the conditions are horrible and it won’t work it is probably too bad for just about any other method of fire building as well. If that is the case you should be building a protective shelter first anyways. What if you simply don’t have a lighter? Why the heck wouldn’t you? They are dirt cheap, buy several dozen of them!
Ok, for all your purists…yes, you need to have some other methods of starting a fire as well. At some point I will post an article on that too.