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FireSteel.com produces these big slabs of soft magnesium that you can use as a waterproof and nearly indestructible source of tinder for starting fires.
Magnesium burns at 4000 degree F. Using your knife or FireSteel Scraper, simply shave off a small pile of magnesium shavings. When a spark from your FireSteel hits this pile of magnesium, the magnesium will burst into a white hot flame that will help ignite damp firewood.
A great advantage of magnesium us that it is totally waterproof. Dunk it in a stream or lake, soak it in the rain - no problem - your emergency tinder will still burn as hot as ever. Great for emergencies.
Each magnesium bar has a convienient lanyard hole for easy attachment to your FireSteel and scraper. This combination makes an excellent Fire Starting Kit.
Magnesium Bar Specifications:
Posted by Thomas Cline
I bought this to go with my firestarter Armageddon. I haven't really needed it yet, but I will keep it handy for those wet days in the backcountry.
This is the real thing, not some cheap alloy which won't always burn. Scrape off a small pile of shavings (about the size of a dime), throw a spark towards it, and you have an instant fire. If your tender is wet, the extra 5,000 or so degrees of heat will do the trick.
Posted by Unknown
If it's wet, there is no need to search for dry tender, just scrape a little magnesium. It is a lot easier to find semi dry kindling and fuel than bone dry tender to start that fire. If it's windy, put a small strip of duct tape to catch the magnesium. In Alaska, the palm scrapper makes fire starting with gloved hands much easier.
Posted by Unknown
I will buy some more as gifts to my prepper friends.
Posted by Ralph Dugger
Nice size. Very easy to scape for shavings. Lights with one spark from fero rod. I would highly recommend getting 3 or more (I did).
Posted by Auntie Emm
Although I expected it to be just a bit softer, it still scraped a nice pile in very little time. I also bought the Gob Spark and it took a few time to light that pile, but once I got the hang of it the pile became white hot very quickly. Great stuff and would purchase both again.
Posted by Manuel Alonso
I just got my order and the first thing my daughters and i did was put it to a test. It had rained at the time so conditions were perfect and boy did it work! My 6 and 8 year old girls were making fire in no time with it.
Tthank you guys so much for a Amazing product and Amazing customer service and delivery time.
We live in Miami FL and your product should be in every household due to the Hurricanes...
Posted by Cheeseburgers are great.
These bars are well worth the investment, great for starting fires, if you don't or can't find your BIC lighters, or run out of fuel for your cigar lighters. Especially important in WET, or COLD environments, when a fast starting light is the difference between Life and Death. Fantastic to have. They are cheap to buy.
Posted by The Cajun
Shaves off easier and makes larger flakes than most other bars I have tried. Great product.
Posted by The Alaskan
The Firesteel.com magnesium is about 25% softer than other brands I've tried, but the major difference is the larger flakes that were produced by a drill bit.
I processed a magnesium bar with a drill. I drilled 2 deep holes[not all the way through] & it produced enough tinder for 10 dry fires or 5 hardy fires in the rain.
Posted by genecharris
Works exactly as advertised. Easy ignition, hot flame. It starts almost anything on fire. I let several of my pioneering skills students use it and they will be ordering their own.
Posted by NY Levi
...it burned like crazy. Seems like a great product and cant wait to become an expert at using it. Thanks
Posted by AceJewell
Most of the magnesium bars out there are extremely hard and not easily shaved. This product is very easy to shave. High quality!
Posted by Josh G
I can vouch for this magnesium... a small spark from a firesteel easily ignites a pile of magnesium shavings, resulting in a brilliant white flame... rest assured that this is a genuine, high quality product.
Posted by Unknown
Very easy to shave off. I've bought every single brand, from almost all box stores. This product is better then the everything I've used. I liked it so much, I bought 5 of them.
Posted by Dave H.
The lanyard hole is perfect--just tie it on with your FireSteel and you've got the best tools to start a fire under the most adverse conditions.
Shaves easily, burns HOT like it's supposed to. Much thicker than others I've seen on the market.
Posted by Dave L.
This is by far the easiest-to-shave magnesium bar that I have ever used. Burns well, clearly pure magnesium, not a cheap knock-off, even though it cost less than the competitor's product sold at local sporting goods and big-box stores.
Posted by Robert C. "Survivalist and Survival Backpacking book author"
As a Backpacker and wilderness adventure seeker
climbing 12,000 to 14,000 High Sierra Mountains, I know the value of having a tinder source that is 100% immune to water.
Nothing beats Magnesium tinder starter for sheer fool proof wet weather fire starter. Only Magnesium can get wet tinder to a combustion point in many situations for fire.
We never travel into the wilderness without our firesteel.com Magnesium tinder starter, fero rods, and a few thick slabs of fat wood.
Everone that travels with us must have these items with them and demonstrate they can produce a sustaining fire before we lead them on any adventure. FIRE IS LIFE in the wilderness and no fire can be a slow painful death.
Yes, we take the art of fire very seriously because we are seasoned survivalist that venture into brutally cold areas in which fire is a mandatory tool in order to get out alive.
Posted by 2010 is my year
Magnesium has its pluses, it requires little work to scrape shavings off it but the reward is tinder that will catch on fire even if you have fallen into water with it or it is raining hard and all other available tinder is wet.
Also, if you need more magnesium simply add another chunk onto your firesteel lanyard.
Posted by Beautiful Mag Bar
The first thing I noticed when opening the FireSteel.com shipping tube was this big chunk of shiny magnesium, a work of art.
Plenty of magnesium tinder for dozens of fires. Fun to use too.
Posted by HS Leopold, NYC
It takes a little practice and then you can use magnesium to help make fires when your regular tinder is damp. This big magnesium bar has plenty of magnesium to start dozens of fires.