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 1.129 ounces (32 grams)
- Burns white hot at more than 4000 degrees F
- Composition: soft magnesium
They're great to have on hand in a rainy climate.
Like old school Doan's but at half the price. I bought 4 to make kits for individuals who are lacking in fire making abilities. Making fires quickly is essential. These do it with minimal fuss.
These chunky bars of magnesium are the real deal. The Harbor Freight ones are a “1” and this is a “5” rating. These are not that expensive and when you get it and realize how many fires it can start you are going to be happy. All it takes is a little and you get a super white hot fire that will get your light tinder going. Works perfectly. Will make you enjoy lighting a fire this way. Great Christmas gift for the stocking!!!! All my kids are getting one now.
FireSteel Magnesium Bars are exactly what you want in an emergency! Rain, sleet or snow - using your FireSteel Super Scraper and your fresh magnesium shavings - strike your Armageddon! FIRE! from Steel - tried and true! Something you can count.
I was sceptical that there would be much difference in this mag bar as opposed to the Walmart or Harbor Freight ones but there most definitely is! Those are hard as rocks and difficult to shave these aren't like butter not that you'd want them to be but I was able to shave nice long curls of magnesium in no time time at all. Even filling a little tube of shavings for emergencies. Great product.
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.