I don't know if this is useful, but I struggle with fires (i'm practicing). The following have happened to me resulting in not having a fire:
1) Didn't practice enough with the firesteel, 20 minutes later I gave up and went to sleep.
2) Brought matches, forgot match paper and had toothpicks.
3) Filled my Zippo, but the Ronsonol evaporated or spilled, anyways, no fire. I eventually dropped that anchor anyways.
4) figured out the firesteel, stuff was wet and I had no tinder, no fire.
I carry mini-bics but I prefer matches for my wood stove. I like the SOL wheel firestarter, because it's Max-proof. I am learning from my mistakes, but if it's relevant to you, don't throw in "backup" firestarters unless you can use them to, you know, start a fire.
P.S. I couldn't signal with a mirror in a funhouse. I wish I grew up with the Scouts...