>What kind and how much (per use) firestarter material do you plan to carry?
>Also, in a no fires restricted area, what would you use? An esbit instead of gathered wood?
Ryan relates that he carried the Tinder-Quick tabs on his Arctic trek-
"When I was in the Arctic, I used Firesteel and Tinder-Quik exclusively, with 1/2 Tinder Quik tab for drier conditions, and up to 2 tabs for wet conditions. I've used solid fuel tablets only as emergency backup, and usually, when it's actually raining and the ground is soaked!" Ryan Jordan
If you plan on four tabs per day, that should be plenty. I put mine in a little snuff box sized tin (from JAS Townsend) and 18 fit in it comfortably. 24 or more fit if you work at it. 50 tabs cost around $11.
I find it a little bit difficult to light the tabs way down in the bottom of the stove with the firesteel. More practice needed I guess. Also would think that a half tab would need to be set on a small piece of bark or it'll fall through the grate.
I'll back it up with an alcohol burner for times when I'm in a hurry (read getting dark) or fires are restricted.
Ahh the joys of new toys!