I have started campfires with magnesium and flint in the past. It's a unique way to build a fire and it works well. I like it because it's readily available at any outdoors store. It's inexpensive, water proof, fire proof, very small and builds many fires. The Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter is a bout the same size as a lighter so it can be placed in your back pack or hunting box and forgotten about. Should you ever need it, hopefully you'll have it with you. You read right it is fire proof. The block of Magnesium is not seriously flammable, however the shaving are very flammable. This kit comes with a small block of magnesium, a rod of flint is attached to one edge and a small chain so it can be attached to gear or a blade added.
How to use theCoghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
Have all your materials for you fire ready to go before you spark your fire. You'll need tender, kenneling, smaller wood branches and a few larger pieces of wood. I use a pocket knife to shave very small slivers and scrapings off the block of magnesium into a small pile. Tender is small dead weeds, dry cedar bark, small slivers of dead wood and twigs. I like to carry a few cotton balls for tender they work great! Now once you have a small pile of Magnesium shavings and your tender ready to go, turn the Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter on edge so that the flint rod is up. Angle the flint rod downward (60 to 90 degree angle) toward to magnesium shavings. Place a blade on the flint and strike downward. This will kick hot long burning sparks into your small pile of magnesium shavings which will catch on fire. A small piece of hack-saw blade works well too. It's a good idea to place some sort of blade onto the chain with the block of magnesium. This way it's ready to go if you ever need it. Immediately place your tender loosely onto the fire. Follow up with the kenneling, small wood and eventually the larger wood.
I like the Magnesium Fire Starters for several reasons. It's like having an indestructible lighter. Lighters break, get wet and fail to work and generally when you need them most, whereas the Magnesium Fire Starters will never fail you. It takes a while longer but it is reliable and will work. Once you use it a couple of times you'll see that it doesn't take that long to get a fire going. It's also fairly user friendly. Most anyone can get a fire going with this tool with some practice. The old shoe string and bow method takes significantly more practice and persistence.
I would recommend the Magnesium Fire Starters for any person who spends time in the outdoors. Whether you're camping, back- packing, or hunting the Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter is a solid tool and reliable resource. This tool would also make a smart addition to any survival kit.
Fire craft saved my life as a young boy lost in a blizzard.
Most people don't take the time to consider what they would do if they found themselves in the wilds without a lighter. Lighters are nice and generally work great, if you have it when you need it and it works. I used to think along those lines myself. Then when I was fourteen, that line of thinking changed. On a nice clear frosty fall morning, a friend and I went Quail hunting. We grew up in these mountains we were hunting, so getting lost never even crossed our minds. We walked about four hours into the wilderness and a bizarre and out of character blizzard came in hard, fast, wet and heavy. Although we could not see for the snow, we made a concerted effort to get off the mountain. After a few hours of walking it became apparent that we were lost in a wet snowy blizzard. My young friend and I were both Boy Scouts. We had the wherewithal to get set up for a rough night before nightfall. We found a half dead Cedar tree next to an old dead snag. Our Scout training without a doubt saved our lives. We managed to build a fire and keep it going. The next morning before daybreak we heard a passing train and regained our bearings. We made it out with minor hypothermia and some wounded pride.
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