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Magnesium Tinder Rods

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  • A pure, soft magnesium rod
  • Simply scrape the magnesium with your knife or Super Scraper to make a small pile of magnesium shavings
  • Scrape your FireSteel sparks onto the pile of magnesium shavings.  A good way to help start fires using damp or wet wood

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 Product Description

magnesium tinder rod

Burning Magnesium

Using a knife or firesteel scraper, simply scrape the soft magnesium tinder rod to create a pile of magnesium shavings.

Spark your firesteel onto these shavings, which will catch on fire and burn very hot.

These soft magnesium rods can be used to help start a fire, especially if your wood is damp or wet.

Note: magnesium rods only => scraper and firesteel shown in the pictures are sold separately.

This Metal Burns!

Simply scrape off a small pile of magnesium shavings using your knife or FireSteel.com Super Scraper.

When you apply a flame or spark from from your favorite FireSteel.com FireSteel, the magnesium shavings will catch on fire and burn at more than 4000 degrees F (2200 degrees C).

This extremely high temperature makes magnesium an excellent tinder for helping you start fires, even with damp kindling.

Your soft magnesium rod is naturally waterproof - will stay dry even if dunked in water.

Configure your magnesium tinder rods in the following ways:


Magnesium Tinder Rods
Add-Ons Price
3/8 3 - $2.19
3/8 3 Lanyard Hole $2.69
3/8 5 - $3.19
3/8 5 Lanyard Hole $3.69
1/2 3 - $3.49
1/2 3 Lanyard Hole $3.99
1/2 5 - $4.49
1/2 5 Lanyard Hole $4.99

Notes about FireSteel.com Magnesium Rods:

  • Price shown is for one magnesium tinder rod -  a picture may show two rods for the purposes of scale.
  • The US Penny shown for scale is not included (we've had people complain that they did not receive a penny when ordering a rod)!
  • The Magnesium Tinder Rods do not create sparks.  Magnesium is used as a tinder to help catch your kindling (firewood, etc) on fire.  You will need a source of sparks to catch the magnesium itself on fire.
  • FireSteel.com Super Scrapers or Palm Scrapers to help shave your magnesium are sold separately.
  • The FireSteel Blank Rods, FireSteel with Lanyard Holes, Square FireSteel, and GobSpark FireSteel that will make the sparks to ignite your magnesium also sold separately.

Find out why gear dealers the world over choose to sell FireSteel.com FireSteel.  Get your FireSteels from THE name in FireSteel: FireSteel.com!

* Magnesium Tinder Rod is a trademark of FireSteel.com

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 Product Reviews

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  1. Exactly as I hoped.

    Posted by Richard on Jul 10th 2018

    When the tinder sticks came in I immediately gave them a test run. It works just as advertised and shaves/ flakes very easily. It helps to start fires with damp or hard to burn materials. It's very light and the lanyard holes are very close to the edge so I can use most of the stick for tinder building. I'm putting one in both of my cars and one with my outdoor kit for sure.


    Posted by joseph on Jan 8th 2018


  3. Super Easy & Quick

    Posted by Jawfish on Jan 7th 2018

    The material is super easy to scrape and only a little goes a long way. Paired with the Firesteel rods, this starts a fire quickly and easily. Very happy with the quality of this product.

  4. Almost there

    Posted by Joseph A Chandler on Jan 6th 2018

    I have another pure magnesium bar that I got at a survival expo that when you shave it off produces soft, long, peels of magnesium. This bar seems to flake off and be kind of powdery. For what it's worth it still seems to ignite well but it is more easily disturbed by a light breeze and I wonder if it's as pure as it could be due to the way it peels. Nevertheless for the price it's a great add on for my Gobspark!

  5. Best magnesium out there

    Posted by David on May 19th 2017

    I've bought a dozen or so of these mag bars over the last year and found every one of them to be excellent quality. Soft, easy to shave and sparks easily. A couple of these 3" magnesium bars and a FireSteel.com Armageddon size Fire-rod and you won't have to worry about making fire for a long time.

  6. Price vs Payback can't be beat!

    Posted by TheOldPhart (Harrisville, NH) on Apr 14th 2017

    Do you need a leg-up on those really damp days? Get one of these Firesteel.com magnesium bars. If 4,000 degrees won't start your fire, you must be trying to start it under water!

  7. Always quality

    Posted by Tod S. on Apr 11th 2017

    Well last year I was a Scout Master of a local troop and was looking for something to help me with my fire starting. I stumbled across this website and ordered some Magnesium Rods. Wow.
    I am no longer a Scout Master but have now gotten into bushcraft, so I thought (why not) and ordered a FireSteel Rod...again...Wow! I love your products and will continue to order for friends and family members. Thanks so much for a quality that can be hard to find nowadays! Keep up the good work...I will be ordering more of the products. Thanks!

  8. Easy to use

    Posted by Unknown on Dec 26th 2016

    This makes fire starting a breeze. It's a must for wet environments.

  9. Quality

    Posted by Ed Mack on Dec 12th 2016

    Quality Mag Rods. Would Buy Again. Thanks

  10. The ½"x5" are monsters

    Posted by mbrd on Nov 1st 2016

    These are a nice soft compound; it's easy to control the shaving size with a good scraper/striker. no problem getting tiny rotini curls or tiny flakes, and both go up well with a spark thrown from any decent ferro rod.

    I am surprised how well these things are wearing, considering how easy they are to work with. they'll likely be outliving all the ferro rods they are paired with.

  11. Simply awesome

    Posted by Dan on Sep 11th 2016

    My only previous experience with magnesium tinder was with a block I bought at the local chain sports store. While it worked, it was so hard, it dulled my knife pretty badly, and was difficult to get enough shavings to start a fire. I switched to using a hacksaw/metal file, and it worked reasonably well, but tedious.

    Some Youtube reviews indicated that there was a wide variation in quality of magnesium tinder blocks, so I decided to try this rod. Boy am I glad I did.

    Using the scraper that came with the firesteel I also bought, a nice pile of magnesium chips quickly formed and one strike with the firesteel and they ignited beautifully.

    What a difference! Highly recommended!

  12. Now this is HOT!

    Posted by TheOldPhart on May 21st 2016

    Unless you are trying to get wood to burn under water, magnesium will start your fire when nothing else will. These magnesium rods are the best I've seen and are very reasonably priced. They belong in every fire-starting kit!

  13. Great quality!! Purest Magnesium I've found!!

    Posted by Lance Bailey on Mar 12th 2016

    Easy to scrape, lights very easily!! Quality is unbeatable!!

  14. Very Soft, Burns Great

    Posted by Don on Dec 15th 2015

    I was pleasantly surprised at how soft this magnesium rod was. super easy to scrape and lights up very easy. Plus you can't beat the price for such a quality product!

  15. Fire in a stick

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 17th 2015

    Great product, together with the super scraper you're set for camping or emergency.

  16. Great product!

    Posted by RG on Jul 2nd 2015

    Best that I've tried!

  17. Perfect size for my kit

    Posted by Ken on Jun 30th 2015

    This is the perfect size for my fire kit. I keep it in an Altoids tin on my sheath. This adds that extra punch to my tinder in wet weather.

  18. Gave me new hope for magnesium!

    Posted by James from Canada on Apr 2nd 2015

    Until now I have only used a cheap magnesium block with firesteel attached and it was very hard to get any shavings from it. Not so with the Firesteel magnesium rods, shavings come off very easy with the Super Scraper and the rod itself is very light. If you are not going to put a handle on it, I'd highly suggest paying the extra .50 cents to have a hole drilled in it.

    I wanted a rod smaller than my Bunker 4.0 firesteel and this one is perfect. When I order again I will order more this size as well as a few larger ones to try out.

  19. Just buy it

    Posted by Nicholas on Mar 27th 2015

    Fantastic product I showed all my friends and they all wanted it. I will be ordering more of these. Very soft magnesium rod.

  20. Soft, Shaves Easily, Very Hot

    Posted by SteveG on Mar 21st 2015

    I don't use it on every fire, typically this just sits on the lanyard of my Gob Spark. But when conditions are wet or tinder is sparse, this always gets the job done.

    I use the Gob Spark striker as a scraper and by adjusting the angle I can shave spirals, flakes, or powder, the magnesium is soft enough to pick the type of shaving you want.

    A fair price for a good product.

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