FireSteel.com 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.com Super Scraper, simply shave off a small pile of magnesium shavings, about what would fit on a small coin. When a spark from your favorite FireSteel.com FireSteel hits this pile of magnesium, the shavings will burst into a white hot flame that will even help ignite damp kindling. Use caution when using magnesium as tinder, since the shavings can pop violently as they ignite. Your magnesium shavings will burn WHITE HOT but very quickly, so make sure you have some kindling and larger pieces of wood ready to build your fire.
A great advantage of carrying a magnesium bar for tinder is that it is totally waterproof. Dunk it in a stream or lake, soak it in the rain - no problem - your tinder will still burn as hot as ever. Great for emergencies or starting your backyard bonfire!
Each magnesium bar has a convenient lanyard hole for easy attachment to your FireSteel and scraper. The combination of Magnesium Tinder Bar and GobSpark Armageddon with Palm Scraper (sold separately) makes an excellent Fire Starting Kit.
Magnesium Bar Specifications:
- Size: 1-inch wide X 3/8-inch thick X 3-inches long
- Weight: approx 1.2 ounces (34 grams)
- Burns white hot at more than 4000 degrees F
- Composition: soft magnesium
Every time I have ordered a rod I have added mag bars as well. I have never used the mag bars but have them in every kit I put together. There are Mag bars sold that are worthless and subsequently dangerous if you ever need them (Harbor Freight) but the other Firesteel products work so well I am trusting these will be just as good. There is a brand used by the military that has high ratings but I doubt seriously for 5 times the cost that they are any better. I use them on a necklace with a steel and scraper.
Add a few scrapings to any tinder for a boost to fire starting.
Good quality magnesium bar, shaves off easily and ignites well.
These are the real deal and not the lesser quality bars found at other sites. Striker peels off nice pieces and they light quick and burn hot.
Most, if not all, mag bars I've used in the past were way too hard to shave. In a survival, with possible loss of dexterity, this could be a huge issue. With this bar, the shavings came off like butter, just using the amazing scraper also bought here. The shavings were the right size to catch a spark while still being airy. I couldnt be happier. I know that when it counts, this will be there.
This magnesium bar worked well and quick, not like the junk that's out there. After trying it, I ordered more immediately!
These bars are exactly what they're described as. I am happy with them and would definitely order more when I need them. Shipping was quick and accurate. Good job FireSteel.com!
Very easy to use and effective
Added this to my fire steel and what a combo. If you can't start a fire with this then you got other problems it makes it so easy