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
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.
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.
I will buy some more as gifts to my prepper friends.
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).
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.
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...
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.
Shaves off easier and makes larger flakes than most other bars I have tried. Great product.
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.