magnesium tinder rod

Magnesium Burns

Magnesium burning at an incredible 4000° Fahrenheit.

You can use this knowledge to your advantage by carrying magnesium as emergency backup tinder.

Did you know that magnesium burns?

Magnesium burns white hot at an incredible 4000 degrees F. The secret to making a magnesium fire is in shaving off thin pieces from your soft magnesium bar or magnesium rod into a dime sized pile. You can easily do this with the blade of your knife or your FireSteel Scraper.

Apply a spark and your pile of magnesium shavings catches fire. You now have a great means of starting a campfire even if the natural tinder or wood in your campsite is damp.

Another advantage of using magnesium to help start your fire is that magnesium always stays dry. You can dunk it in a river or leave it out in the rain - it doesn't matter - wipe off the water from its surface, and scrape up a pile of dry magnesium shavings to help light your fire!

Magnesium makes excellent emergency tinder for lighting fires and also can help light stubburn fires in non-emergency situations when your wood is damp or wet.

  • Our Magnesium rods are either 3/8" or 1/2" in diameter and are sold in a variety of lengths and with an optional lanyard hole pre-drilled for you.  The Magnesium Bar is 3/8" x 1" x 3" long. Magnesium Tinder Rods

    Magnesium Tinder Rods

    $6.99 - $12.91
    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...
    $6.99 - $12.91
  • Magnesium and Palm Scraper with Lanyard Kit (FireSteel toggle sold separately) Magnesium and Palm Scraper kit with magnesium rod tucked into Palm Scraper cavity for convenient storage.   Lower image shows kit with optional FireSteel toggle (sold separately).

    Magnesium & Red Palm Scraper Kit

    $23.00 - $35.00
    This item pairs our RED Palm Scrapers** with a 3/8 x 3" Magnesium Tinder Rod and string them together with a 2' length of 550 paracord.  Add a FireSteel toggle and you have a fine kit that is compact and value-priced! The Magnesium...
    $23.00 - $35.00
  • Magnesium Bar Magnesium Bar

    Magnesium Bar

    $17.01 has sourced the best-performing slabs of soft magnesium that you can use as a waterproof and nearly indestructible supply of tinder for starting fires. Magnesium burns at more than 4000 degrees F.   Using your knife or FireSteel...
  • A slab of pure magnesium to which a FireSteel is attached.  Fire and tinder in one package. These blocks come without a firesteel scraper or lanyard.  Use the back of your knife blade or similar object to spark up the FireSteel.

    MagSlab FireSteel

    This is the same fire making gear as the MagSlab™ FireStarter by, but without the FireSteel Scraper and lanyard if you feel you do not need them. The MagSlab FireSteel will spark just as well using your knife or other hard, sharp...
  • A slab of pure Magnesium with an attached FireSteel.  The mag slab has a neatly drilled lanyard hold through which is strung a lanyard made from genuine 550-parachute cord with a Super Scraper To use the magnesium as tinder to help start your fire, shave off slivers of fine magnesium from the magnesium bar using your Super Scraper or a knife.

    MagSlab FireStarter Kit

    The popular MagSlab™ FireStarter by combines our special soft magnesium slab with built in FireSteel, a genuine Super Scraper, and two feet of 550 paracord (thousands of survival uses) as a lanyard. Not...