What is Surtr

Surtr is the hand-held fire starter that when operated ejects a lit pellet. The pellet stays lit in all weather conditions for several minutes. Surtr has four petroleum-pellets in a magazine to offer users an ability to start multiple fires. Surtr combines a steel-striker, magnesium-rod and combustible tinder to offer the better solution to creating fire.

Surtr combines the operational process of creating sparks using a striker and magnesium-rod with the process of ejecting a petroleum-pellet to dispense lit tinder. This tool saves the user’s time compared to other fire starters. Surtr is consistent and offers a higher level of certainty when attempting to start a fire regardless of weather conditions.

When you’re using a fire starter during a survival situation, you want to spend the least amount of time and energy. If you take too long or fail to start a fire, your survival could be in jeopardy. Surtr is the fire-starting solution. When your life depends on a reliable, fire-starting tool, have the best.


*Surtr is Patent Pending with 26 Claims of Novelty Submitted to the USPTO*

Figure 1

This prototype can shoot a pellet by sliding the operational knob (Figure 1: Number 2). The mechanism shows that sparks can be produced using a steel-rod and Magnesium Bar (Figure 1: Number 5) and that a pellet (Figure 1: Number 4) made of petroleum could be loaded into a magazine (Figure1: Number 3) and shot out. The “Box (Figure 1: Number 1)” needs to be able to repeatedly and consistently produce enough magnesium-sparks to ignite the pellet. Once sparks can be created consistently, the device will need to create the correct amount of force to consistently eject a pellet.  

The overall objective of the proposal to develop the fire starter known as Surtr follows:

Engineer a Surtr “Box” that can consistently produce sparks

Test the Effectiveness of the Box to Create Sparks

Engineer a Surtr “Box” that Consistently and Safely Ejects Projectile

Test the Effectiveness of the Box to Consistently and Safely Eject Projectile

Phase I research will be restricted to showing feasibility of producing sparks consistently and to showing feasibility of consistently and safely ejecting a projectile. Investigation of mechanical soundness in operational environments will be undertaken Phase II.





North West Kansas Economic Innovation Center Inc. has loaned Surtr, LLC its funds to secure intellectual property and to develop a prototype (link). 




Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) Wichita, KS is heavily involved in the development of Surtr (link).


Bill Ellison, SCORE Senior Mentor, provides hours of consideration every Month. 

Senior SCORE Mentor - William A Ellison. 40 years in manufacturing management, plant engineering, project expansion of multiple facilities, degree in Industrial Engineering, was site manager for Sherwin Williams, Pratt and Lambert, Ameron, and Enmar. Involved in relocating production requirements of 5 plant sites in Kansas City, Chicago, Sumter South Carolina, Buffalo New York to Wichita manufacturing location.


Ken Smith, SCORE Chairperson, is guiding Parker to develop the marketing strategy.

Chairperson SCORE - Ken Smith. 40 years as a marketing executive, and was on teams who managed marketing for Holiday Inn, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken. Ran his own marketing company for 10 years. Has a MBA in marketing.


Brian Mauden, SCORE Mentor, consults to ensure development of a safe product that fits the Standards of the Air Force (link: Built for the United States Air Force Fighter Pilots).

SCORE Former Chairperson - Brian Mauden. 34 years jet pilot, Colonel United States Air Force, assigned with many responsibilities in Pentagon, Air Force Safety Departments, Pilot evaluations, Operational Support in Europe for over 7 years. Management experience at Law Firm, Accounting and Taxes Firm. Accounting Degree and United States Air Force Academy.




To Whom It May Concern:

Brian Mauden is a retired Colonel of the United State Air Force. He spent over 7 years with the Pentagon, and 7 years in Europe providing Operational Support. He was trained as a Jet Pilot and served in over 300 missions in Vietnam. He also was heavily involved in safety programs with the United States Air Force.

He has expressed that a device which will be a FIRE STARTER referred to as Surtr, would be beneficial when a pilot or other military person is in a survival situation. Having this device in the pilot or ground troops survival gear will improve their options on their safety in emergency conditions. Retired Colonel Mauden also expressed that any device submitted to the United Air Force had to meet all Air Force Safety Specifications and be tested in accordance with United States Air Force Standards.

Having Surtr could make a difference if a Pilot needs to create a fire in a survival situation. It is preferable to save time and energy by having a reliable fire-starting tool. Being able to quickly set up fire can provide mental focus to evaluate the situation and to avoid other dangers. Crashing in a remote location means that help will take time to get to you. The peace of mind from quickly producing a fire allows for more rational decision making. The user of Surtr can move locations without worrying about keeping a fire or tinder aflame. Without fire, it is possible to become lost or frozen.

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Surtr, LLC is Owned and Operated by Parker Holterman.