How To Use A Magnesium Fire Starter

This is a field demonstration on How To Use A Magnesium Fire Starter. In this demo I ignite partially wet twigs and some Pitch wood Shavings with a Survivor …

48 thoughts on “How To Use A Magnesium Fire Starter

  1. Charles Adamski_1 says:

    My favorite so far is to melt some wax and dip first some kitchen twine in it and then some pine cones.
    Magnesium shavings first,
    then a 1 inch piece of twine and last a one inch piece of pine cone.
    I started 4 fires with one piece of pine cone and then decided to see how much longer it would burn.
    About 20 minutes.

  2. Inge Bolme says:

    Ferro rod. The most sure bet for me is the lighter, but I'm in an area with loads of birch and white pine, so ferro rod fires are pretty easy too. A flint and steel is where i start having problems, but on a day where i can find something that's close to dry, that works too.

  3. garr cam says:

    Most magnesium fire starters are junk.  The magnesium is to hard which tells you it is an alloy and probably wont work, get one that cost $8 or more and says U.S. military grade or has pure magnesium stick.  The hard one's are alloys and cheaper made and won't lite.  You can find it on u-tube.  I like a cotton ball with Vaseline , it will burn for 4-5 min.

  4. Bala Krishnan says:

    Nice video. But I also advice viewers to carry few means of making fire such as lighters and strike anywhere matches. And make sure to be able to keep it safe all the time with you when you are being chased by predators or when swimming in the river. I keep my stuff  in an Altoids case in my pocket. I have a magnesium bar, lighter and a swiss army knife in it.

  5. Wo Jak says:

    +Reality Survival is it bad to use the back of a lock knife for the striker? Because I believe my brother said that my knife was a good striker because it had a good 90' angle ( I believe it's an EKA knife from Sweden ) anyway, thanks a bunch for making these videos, it helps me out a lot

  6. Joe P says:

    The good thing about fire starters is they're all generally ultralight weight. So the more sources you bring the better. In case the terrain changes on you without notice. I've never used a mag. rod, but it's always good to know how. Thanks mate

  7. Andy McVey says:

    Awesome, this reminds me to get mine all out and use them. I got a couple of cheap ones at harbour freight last week, I'll get them out and try them. No time like 30 degree and below weather to learn how to make a fire.

  8. joesphx19 says:

    I have taught my Scouts when deep in the woods, always carry 5 methods of fire and 5 methods of water purification. They know the drill, w/o water you have maybe 3 good days to get out or get help. W/O fire, you could die in hours from exposure but it is an important signaling device. To have fire, have matches, lighter, firesteel, know how to spark certain rocks and make a bow drill. I consider the magnesium and striker as the same as firesteel. Tinder is another story but we have taken to making our own with cotton, pads and gel wax. I cheat and carry triox. Just to round out, we are studying sources of food, eg. animal traps and snares, fishing and edible plants. Each boy must learn how to clean a fish and dress a rabbit.

  9. Jason Huang says:

    Just got a magnesium fire starter couple days ago for my backup fire starter. I just don't feel save have it around me. I don't want my pants accidentally catch on fire lol

  10. Mel Fiscus says:

    Also have at least two means of starting a fire …. Waterproof matches and a Mag fire starter works well … Have the cotton balls permeated with petroleum jelly nearby or two inch sections of road flare .. They work great …

  11. Mel Fiscus says:

    There isnt much difference between the Mag starters … I have a couple of different fire starters and I just bought 4 more Mag starters from Harbor Freight for $2.99 each … Through Amazon they're 6 or 7 bucks …. If you watch some of these You Tubes about Mag fire starters they can get expensive fast , up to 20 to 30 bucks each and over …They really arnt needed in my opinion… In addition to having several Mag fire starters I always have a few road flares that I can cut up to assist in starting that stubborn fire … Flares are cheap and an inch or two will burn hot for a few minutes … More than enough to start that stubborn fire … Just remember to set yourself up for success by preparing ahead of striking that Mag starter for the first time … Get everything ready… Tinder then kindling and then the big stuff … Lots of tinder… Lots of kindling and enough of the big stuff for the fire to last a couple of hours … Keep your fire safe if you go out on "patrol" looking for more firewood … Never get out of site of your fire … Even better is to use the buddy system and have a human watch the fire while your looking for more wood or edible plants or fish/game ….

  12. Isaac Newton says:

    I guess it would be a good backup, but Vaseline cotton balls seems better. They burn for like 3-4 minutes to dry damp starter wood. Still something good to have considering it doesn't take much space. Thanks for the great vid.

  13. TheDevilBoy says:

    great video, first one I've been able to find that used less than perfect tinder for the demo, I subbed because of it, and as far as my fire-making kit, I have waterproof matches in a container with waxed dryer-lint, a magnesium bar, and a bic lighter, hopefully one will work when the need arises.. lol

  14. natewesselink says:

    Don't smoke anymore but still keep a zippo with a ranger band on it. Ferro rod and fatwood Vaseline cotton ball and compressed sawdust fire starters in a waterproof bag. I keep them all because one will work better than the other in certain situations and redundancy is the key. I also have a few bics as backup

  15. bryeson smith says:

    i need to go buy like 50 of these things and store them XD this is an AMAZING way to start fires. You should always keep one of these magnesium fire starters with you when you go out. You can never be too cautious

  16. Dano DeMano says:

    I also have signal flare's, wind proof matches and a magnifying glass as well as my alcohol stove fuel and Bic lighters. My wildland firefighting backpack has the same stuff as my survival pack does, except instead of flare's we use what they call Fusee's for back burn fire control. Fusee's are just a special kind of flare made for the fire service. They can be joined together for uninterrupted burning (without re-lighting) unlike regular flares.
    Thanks for the video!

  17. Dano DeMano says:

    I use a Light My Fire (Mora) knife with any found tinder first. My fire kit includes petroleum soaked cotton balls & jute twine. I also use a drill bit to make magnesium shavings and store them in a pill container. This way I don't have to take the time to shave them to get a fire started. I also have at least one extra ferro-rod in another location in my kit and/or on my person (my Izula neck knife has one). I take the ferro-rod off of the Mag-Block & glue it into a dresser drawer handle.

  18. Giulio Matteoni says:

    Hello ! My name is Giulio can you tell me the brand of bar magniesio you're using in the video ? I want to buy one the same on ebay ! Let me know ! Thank you! Sincerely Congratulations for the video!

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