Emergency Fire Starter Metal Lighter Outdoor Camping Survival Tool
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This stainless steel match will be a life saver on your next outdoors adventure. It has the power to be lit over 15,000 times and has a keychain to easily attach to your keys or bag. Just fill with lighter fluid, strike it on the side and presto… it’s lit! Applicable at anywhere, anytime and any condition, including moist weather or low temperature.
Light weight, space-saving and easy to carry.
For the price, it's just the peace of mind you get that if you really need a fire, this could be a lifesaver. This type of bar has been around for years and years and it's still worth it just to have in your pack as an emergency backup. I wont go through the operation as most reviews have them, but just wanted to say if you're hiking out for a few days, definitely throw one in your pack. It also comes with the striker and a very small compass, but i guess if you were lost out in the forest, it could save your life so 5 stars for what it is.
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.
Even though I've been camping all my life, this is the first time I've used a Magnesium Fire Starter.
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.
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.
I've never tried something like this before. I had to ask my boyscout kid for some assistance. As others have mentioned, you need to scrape on the flint (black pencil looking thing) down the right side, before the sparks start generating. Once you wear it down a little (very easy) it starts sparking like crazy. For the price, this can't be beat.
I put one in my "bug out bag" for emergencies.
Cons? The only con is you have to take the striker off the chain to use it, then put it back on, but how else would you design it. That's not really a con.
Fun device! I recommend.
This is a big chunk of magnesium. Lots of opportunity for a lot of fires. I don't know if you would ever use up one of these in your lifetime unless you were a serious, never ending camper. Everyone has their way, so let me tell you my method of starting a fire...build your fire pile first, then take a few sheets of thin toilet paper (you should always carry a roll in a ziploc bag when hiking, emergency kit, etc), make a circle with your thumb and forefinger of your left hand, lay the toilet paper sheets over the hole, push the tp into the hole with your forefinger of your right hand, to form a small bell-shaped piece of toilet paper, squeeze it around your finger to crimp it in that shape, lay this down so that the bell is open towards you, with the teeth of the steel toward the magnesium, scratch a few times down it's length to get a few grains of magnesium dust into the bell, turn the steel over and scratch down the length of the magnesium with the flat side (sharp edge) of the steel to spark the fire starter, aiming the sparks into the inside of the bell. The bell protects any sparks from wind, and almost immediately bursts into flames with just a few sparks, that's why you need to have your pile of fire materials ready to quickly drop this burning toilet paper under it.
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