|Item Weight||12 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.5 x 3 x 0.2 inches|
|Item model number||FS374|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Number of Handles||1|
|Included Components||Magnesium Fire Starter|
|Warranty Description||90 Day Woot Limited Warranty|
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SE FS374 All-Weather Emergency 2-IN-1 Fire Starter & Magnesium Fuel Bar (Everything you need to start a fire!)
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Why waste time and energy finding kindling with regular fire starters that may or may not even catch a spark?! Regular twigs and branches in their natural environments will not light unless they are extremely dry.
With this reliable pocket-sized tool, you will always be ready to start a fire. Our fire starter comes complete with a solid compact magnesium bar that can be used hundreds of times, or until the magnesium runs out. Simply shave some magnesium into a pile and easily spark the shavings (yes, even in wet or humid surroundings). The shavings will quickly spark into a flame so you can ignite larger pieces of wood.
Waterproof, weatherproof, and built for long-lasting durability—this is an essential addition to your supplies for camping, hiking, trekking, boating, hunting, travel, survival and emergencies. As a bonus, we have included a mini compass to help supplement your navigation needs.
• Overall dimensions: 3” x ⅜” x 1”
• Conveniently compact size
• Waterproof & weatherproof
• Solid magnesium body (silver color)
• Black flint striking rod
• Serrated metal striker
• Mini compass—size: 4.5mm x 20mm dia.
• Detachable silver ball chain link
HOW TO USE:
1 – Gather tinder (dry branches, bark, grass, pine needles, lint, paper, etc.) of the preferred size/amount.
2 – Use the serrated edge of the striker to scrape along the length of the magnesium rod to create shavings.
3 – You can either sprinkle the magnesium shavings throughout the tinder pile, or scrape the shavings into a cluster to the minimum size of a U.S. quarter coin.
4 – Then hold the flint at an angle over the pile, while forcefully sliding your striker along the length of the flint to create sparks.
5 – Continue to slide the striker against the flint until the sparks land directly onto the shavings pile and ignite a flame.
For first-time use, stripping the protective layer of paint from the striker before starting your fire will help produce the best results.
SE is committed to providing the customer with the best source for value possible. You will enjoy the quality, function and usefulness our All-Weather Emergency 2-IN-1 Fire Starter & Magnesium Fuel Bar has to offer.
IMPORTANT: Avoid receiving counterfeit items. Genuine SE products come with our SE logo on the packaging.
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Top Customer Reviews
I tried this magnesium fire starting tool - SE(Emergency Fire Starter - SE - Emergency Fire Starter) out as well as the alternative from (from Doan Machinery & Equipment - "Genuine Issue Magnesium Survival Fire Starter" Genuine Issue Magnesium Survival Fire Starter).
Both tools work perfectly fine as described and were able to light up fine fibers(cotton, moss, dried grass) and paper without a problem. The Doan tool has more precise instructions and clearly states on the packaging to scrape the magnesium portion of the bar with a knife blade PERPENDICULAR to the edge of the tool. I found this to method made for the most shavings and larger shavings at that. The packaging clearly states that you want a QUARTER(U.S. Coin) sized amount (just shy of 1 inch or 2.4cm diameter) Then holding the bar at 45 degree angle to the pile of shavings drag the knife along the flint to create sparks. The directions remind you to hold the blade perpendicular to the bar while "striking" the flint. I would advise not to strike the flint as they are brittle. However, a nice quick full length drag of the blade down the flint creates a shower of sparks for easy ignition of the magnesium shavings.
Both brands work fine. They are nearly identical in shape(the SE is a few mm longer). Each brand has a different finish/coating on the bar itself is about the only difference I can tell. The performance seemed to be identical or at least close enough to not notice anything to complain about. The big difference is the price. The SE(made in China) is about half the price of the Doan(Made in USA - Patented). It appears to me that they are both the same design with slightly different execution of it, and one is just made overseas so that is why it's cheaper(unless there is less active "ingredients"(magnesium).
One other note: The SE(Chinese one) also comes with a saw blade striker that does work but you need to wear through a protective layer of lacquer for it to work and it's just small enough to annoy my large hands. I just stick with a cheap staineless steel pocket knife for this. I always carry about 3-4 blades when I'm out hiking(cheap folder that I don't care if it gets ruined, sometimes a higher quality folder, always a fixed blade that is larger with full tang, and usually a multi tool(leatherman).
You can't go wrong with either tool. I'd prefer to buy American(Doan - the "other" one) in the long run though, especially for something I might end up having my life depend on.
EDIT: One last note on product life- depending on how much magnesium you need to get your fire going each time, I think the flint will run out long before you ever use up all the magnesium.
There have been a ton of reviews mentioning that the DOAN tool being purchased is no longer made in USA or shipped as a knock off. Be careful which seller you buy from. I will be posting pictures later today that show the SE Tool side by side with the Doan tool. I no longer have the packaging to show what they look like however.
The seller I purchased the DOAN GENUINE ISSUE from was known as "CLASSICAL FITNESS & HEALTH" / "Waterglider LLC". They no longer have it stocked apparently.
A GENUINE DOAN FIRE STARTER SHOULD HAVE THIS INFORMATION STAMPED ON ONE SIDE WITH AN ADDRESS ON THE OTHER. THE FIRST LINE IS THE NSN(Nato Stock Number):
FIRE STARTING TOOL
U.S. PATENT NO. 4,188,192
MFD. BY DOAN MACH. & EQUIP. CO. INC.
P.O. BOX 21334
SO. EUCHLID, O. 44121
If you have trouble using this, read down, as I might have found your problem.
To start, the striker is largely useless unless in an extreme pinch, it'll do. I'd recommend a cheap pocket knife instead.
I couldn't get the magnesium to light for about 20 minutes. I then applied my brain and realised that there is either a light coating on the surface, or the surface at least partially oxidized, rendering the surface useless. I then scraped the dull surface off, and found the shiny magnesium underneath. That's the good stuff you want to use.
The Magnesium body measures 3 inches (~7.5 cm) in length and about an inch across. The striker measures about 2.75 inches long.
Magnesium is great to start fires. It burns at a temp of about 5,000 F (crazy hot). If your fire kiddling happens to be wet, this gives you a much better chance at starting your fire. With matches, you're most likely doomed.
Some people might worry that if they carry it around that it might somehow explode on them or just spontaneously start. This, however, shouldn't be much of a concern since Magnesium's ignition temperature is around 800 F. So even leaving this in your car on a hot day isn't nearly hot enough to start the flame.
Scrap a small pile of magnesium on your kiddling. The more you use, the more likely the fire will start (of course also wasting magnesium). Then hold the flint near the pile and scrap down it (the dark side), sending sparks near the magnesium pile. Keep doing this until it sparks.
Update: I'm not going to lower the stars as it's the magnesium starter bar that is lifesaving, but the compass isn't worth anything. It would not point north, nor does it spin freely so i constantly get W at the north position or sometimes E lol. Don't rely on the compass, but a general compass can be used in emegencies if you have a standard watch with hour/minute hands. For northern hemisphere lay the watch flat in your palm facing up. If you have trees or a pole, look a the shadow, point the hours hand at the shadow line it up, this is pointing at the sun. Now find the point between the hours hand and 12 oclock position, this should be pointing to your south, and opposite that should be the north. Of course the sun comes up in the east and sets in the west as well, so if the sun is low on the horizon you know that it's setting toward the west (in general). Anyways, lots of write ups on it on the web if interested.
It's inexpensive enough to have several, and I highly recommend keeping one in your home emergency kit and one in each of your car emergency kits, especially if you live somewhere cold and sparsely populated. I grew up in Minnesota, and every bad blizzard, someone went off the road and had to wait hours (or more) for help. This, some dry food and chocolate, mylar blankets, and some rolled up newspaper logs (do not burn things inside the car - you know this - I'm just mentioning it in case someone doesn't) in a dry bag will get you through.