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Favorite fire starters. #1045572 03/21/20 11:19 PM
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So Iím looking to get 4-6 new ferro rod style fire starters for BOB and get home as well as General hiking and bush craft needs. Iím aware that some are much better than others. Whatís your favorites?


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Mike, check with DT. He made me I think 4 and I really like them. Don't know if he is still doing this or not, but if he is and you get some you won't be disappointed. Other than That I like Firesteel.com

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Oh and IF they got them, get the half inch ones at least. More money but really worth it. At least get NOTHING less than 3/8 inch.


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Oh and make your own PCB (Petroleum Cotton Balls) tenders just take some cotton balls and squeeze some Petroleum jelly in them (But don't use to much or it will hinder them catching on fire). Seal them up in a water/air tight container and ya got the ability to start fires in any weather.

Me, I can't start a fire for anything, but give me a Ferro rod and some good tinder (If I don't have any PCBs) and I am good to go.


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A magnesium bar/firestarter would be my first choice. You can make just sparks, or shave some of the magnesium into a little pile (quarter sized) amd strike a spark. The magnesium burns at 5400 degrees, so even slightly damp material will catch on fire. wink


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I had my wife pick up the stuff to do this yesterday morning while she was at the store. Gotta decide between 5-6 or 8in rods


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PERSONALLY I wouldn't go more than 6 inch rods. Just easier to handle in that length. And Tom has a point. Get some magnesium rods as well and get a GOOD Hardened steel striker. I like the firesteel Super scraper and the Palm scraper looks like it might be something nice.

DT made me some Ferro rods with deer antler tips for handles and they are really nice. He also included small aluminum water tight containers for the PCB containers. Works really well and you don't have to worry about them breaking open on you.


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Iíve used the magnesium as a kid and it BURNS but it burns so fast at time I hard a hard time getting the tinder bundles to lite. At the cost per inch the 8in makes sense than I can cut them down and make handles. I ended up going with Uberleben after seeing reviews. Iím also trying their tender wicks and some tender products from procamptek to see how they compare to ones I make at home.


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Sounds like you got a plan. I had DT make me one that used a 38spl or 357mag case for a handle. I have it along with the striker, mag rod and some PJCB tinder in a little nylon knife pouch so I can always have it in my Man Bag. smile


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Ah Iíve got some 357 brass sitting around!!!


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Just jam some epoxy into the case, insert the rod and BAM, You've got a good slim handle. DT is amazing (sometimes, but don't tell him I said so. It will go to his little rodent brain). wink

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Lol we do like our super squirrel


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