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


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 Super Scraper.

When you apply a flame or spark from from your favorite 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 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.
  • 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.

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60 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Ed Mack on Dec 12th 2016

    Quality Mag Rods. Would Buy Again. Thanks

  • 5
    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.

  • 5
    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!

  • 5
    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!

  • 5
    Great quality!! Purest Magnesium I've found!!

    Posted by Lance Bailey on Mar 12th 2016

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

  • 5
    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!

  • 5
    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.

  • 5
    Great product!

    Posted by RG on Jul 2nd 2015

    Best that I've tried!

  • 5
    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.

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