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Coghlan's Magesium Fire Starter
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- Starts hundreds of fires from a flame source generating 5400°F
- Will ignite damp combustible materials
- Easy to use, easy to light
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Master the Campfire
Coghlan's makes the outdoors more comfortable and enjoyable with over 500 accessories for camping, hiking, fishing, and RVing -- from cooking gear to first aid kits, insect netting, firestarters, tent repair, and more.
Next To Water, Fire Rules
Always keep a means of fire starting close by. And then add a second... or a third. Next to water, fire for cooking and heat is arguably the most critical requirement in emergency situations. At Coghlan's we recognize this and as such we have several types of fire starter available. From traditional Camp Heat and fuel tablets to paste and environmentally sustainable Fire Discs and Fire Sticks, we have things covered.
- Solid fuels are great for use in our Emergency and Foldable stoves
- Fire Paste is ideal for lighting damp wood
- Fire Discs and Sticks are made from sustainable wood chips and wax to allow plenty of time for wood to catch or as a heat source on their own
- Our Tinder Kit and separate Tinder are a lightweight and compact way of ensuring fire is always quickly available
Made from cedar chips and highly refined wax, these simple fire starters are scored to be easily broken into 4 pieces for starting multiple fires. They also offer 30+ minutes of burn time if burning the entire disc allowing for starting even stubborn wood or using them on their own as a heat source.
|Fuel Tablets||Flint Striker||Magnesium Fire Starter||Windproof Storm Matches||Waterproof Matches||Plastic Match Box|
|Quantity in single package||24 tablets||1000's of uses||100's of uses||20 pcs||4 x 40 pcs||1|
|Approximate burn time||5-7 minutes per tablet||N/A||N/A||10-20 seconds||10-15 seconds||N/A|
Magnesium Fire Starter, Uses Magnesium, A Flame Source Of 5,400 Degrees Fahrenheit, 2,982 Degrees Celsius, 1 Fire Starter Should Provide Sufficient Shavings To Start Hundreds Of Fires.
Color: Silver | Size: 1
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Magnesium is available which works well. It comes in different forms. Magnesium fire starters which come in cylinder form rather than bars work much better for me than the bars. The cylinders I have are softer and easier to get shavings. I have one called Survivor which works well and the one I prefer. If all else fails, magnesium can be bought in shaving form - quality will still be an issue as most is not by a name brand.
I read some prior reviews which said this was put with other prepper stuff, and another said it was a must have. One said it wouldn't be good in a boy scout kit. Others were unhappy with the preformance of the bar or the way the ferro rod was stuck to it. Consistent quality is problem in the day of foreign junk.
I feel fairly safe in saying the folks in Puerto Rico who just lost all their belongings and using wood from their furniture or the tree in the yard aren't looking for a magnesium bar to start a cooking fire. Maybe after all the lighters run out of fuel, this would be handy- otherwise I would be reaching for some matches or a lighter.
These are good as a training devise for adults as well as boy scouts. They help teach how to prepare tinder and combustables to make fire in a more basic way. This carries over to making fire in a more technically modern way. Waterproof matches or a lighter are far better in a have to situation and should be in your pocket, your 72 hour kit, your car or where ever. For hiking/camping, take more than one lighter - they weigh very little. If you really want a ferro rod & magnesium kit that works well, spend the extra money and buy a Survivor one or one from FireSteel.com or other really good source. Then put the effort into learning how to use it.
You can make a fire with it though
The firestarter works as advertised but it does take some effort to use. If you're having trouble you might just need someone to show you how to use it as the directions on the back aren't the greatest.
You want to pare off shavings from the flat side of the firestarter similar to how you would pear off shavings of an apple or some kind of produce. Slow but very firm pressure against the starter. You may have to work a little harder the first time as it looks like there's some kind of coating on the outside, scrape until it's shiny then start paring. The box says to make enough shavings to cover a quarter. That's probably a little more than you need. Try it on a paper towel in the sink and fold the paper towel so the shavings are concentrated in the center.
Then strike the tube-shaped side of the firestarter to make sparks. But hold it very close, only about 1 inch from the shavings. It may take a few strikes, you'll have ignition.
It takes several minutes to start a fire with this, maybe a little quicker after some practice. It's not the most convenient way to start a fire but I probably wouldn't bother to bring matches or a lighter to the camp site if I had this but if you're looking for the simplest and quickest way, this type of fire starter isn't for you.