Harder (Swedish) Style Ferrocerium Rods - Softer Style Ferrocerium Rods - Misc. Firestarting Devices
To find out the difference between the two types of ferrocerium rods please refer to this article.
The following Firestarters use the Harder Swedish Style Ferrocerium rod that has a higher Iron content producing hot sparks but no burning chunks of magnesium.
The Mini-Match™ is a pint size firestarter that packs a huge value into a little space. A miniature magnesium rod with a built in flint rod and separate striker, the Mini-Match™ is a dependable, all weather, all terrain, non-fragile fire starter for all your outdoor activities. It fits easily in an "Altoids" type tin survival kit leaving plenty of room for other components. The striker is attached with a key chain. This is MUST for your key chain or survival kit! Dimensions: 2-3/8" x 1/4". Wt. Less than 1/2 oz.
The Maxi-Match™ provides maximum fire starting capability. Double the diameter of our Mini-Match™ firestarter, it is a magnesium rod with a built in flint rod and separate striker. The Maxi-Match™ is a dependable, all weather, all terrain, non-fragile fire starter for all your outdoor activities. It fits easily in most survival kits with plenty of room for other components. The striker is attached with a key chain. This is a MUST for your key chain or survival kit! Dimensions: 2-3/8" x 1/2". Wt. 1 oz.
THE "BIG-STICK™" FLINT
With Detachable Striker
The BIG STICK™ Flint is a large ferrocerium rod imported from Europe. It measures 4" long by 3/8" in diameter. We have attached a 1" split-ring and one of our miniature snap swivel hooks for holding the striker when not in use. Some fire starters have a striker attached to a lanyard, which makes striking the ferrocerium rod awkward. Our attached snap swivel hook allows you to easily detach the striker for use, yet allows it to stay attached to the rod when not in use!
This is a Solid Brass Spark-Lite Firestarter. We have spent a couple of years getting these made, as the original Spark-Lites were made from brass and we wanted to offer a brass one. They work on the same principal as the aluminum and plastic shown below, and can be used one handed. It has a recessed Allen head insert that allows you to replace the flint. The kit comes with 8 Tinder-Quick™ Fire Tabs, instructions, an Allen Wrench and an extra flint.
Unlike the Original Spark-Lite Firestarter (shown below) which are made from plastic, these new ones are made from Anodized Aluminum. They work on the same principal as the original, and can be used one handed. This new one also has a recessed Allen head insert that allows you to replace the flint. The kit comes with 8 Tinder-Quick™ Fire Tabs, instructions, an Allen Wrench and an extra flint. Orange or Green.
ORIGINAL SPARK-LITE™ FIRESTARTER KIT
The Spark-Lite™ Firestarter Kit is the smallest, most effective wet/dry fire starter on the market today, and is the official U.S. Military firestarter. The special flint will start 1,000 fires, and you can use it one handed. About the size of 4 matches, in a case with 8 Tinder-Quick™ Fire Tabs and instructions. Wt. 2 oz. Now available in both OD Green and Orange.
If you are interested in the History of the Spark-Lite™ Firestarter, CLICK HERE.
The Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter works on the same premise as the Original Spark-Lite™ above. It is made from titanium and is extremely light at only 0.3 oz. It provides a dependable spark even in adverse conditions. Measuring only 2.5" long, it is a perfect choice for lighting canister, multi-fuel or alcohol backpacking stove, as well as tinder such as Tinder-Quick™ Fire Tabs (shown below) or petroleum coated cotton balls. A spring loaded clip allows attachment to small split-rings, etc. A removable side panel allows for flint replacement.
We now offer a replacement kit for the vargo flint lighter, it contains; 1 flint, 1 spring and 1 screw.
To checkout our tutorial on how to modify the Titanium Flint Lighter to make it shorter to carry on a small keyring, CLICK HERE.
The Tinder-Tin™ is an exclusive product of Survival Resources. These little, slide top tins, are made for us right here in the U.S. and measure 3-1/8" long x 1-3/8" wide x 7/16" thick. They contain ten (10) of our Tinder-Quick™ Fire Tabs and you can either buy a refill when you use up the tinder, or use the tin for your small survival kit goodies. They are available with either an Orange or Olive Green label. Place one in each of your kits, or throw one in a jacket pocket. You can always use an all-weather fire starter that even lights when wet. Each Tinder-Quick™ fire tab is specially treated to high standards to ensure the cotton is waterproof and provides more than adequate burn times for starting fires (each tab burns 2-3 minutes).
This tinder (as included with the Spark-Lite™ and Tinder-Tin™ above) is an all-weather fire starter that even lights when wet and is the easiest to pack into small survival tins and kits because it can be packed around items that rattle. Each Tinder-Quick™ fire tab is specially treated to high standards to ensure the cotton is waterproof and provides more than adequate burn times for starting fires (each tab burns 2-3 minutes). Ten tabs per package.
DUAL FIRESTARTER KIT™
Now available in Orange or OD Green
The Dual Firestarter Kit™, contains a Mini-Match™ magnesium firestarter which consists of a miniature magnesium rod with a built in flint rod and separate striker. The Mini-Match™ is a dependable, all weather, fire starter. A Spark-Lite™ is also included for one handed fire starting in the event one hand is injured. Eight (8) Tinder-Quick™ Fire Tabs are also enclosed to ensure you have dry, effective tinder when you need to start a fire. Tinder-Quick™ is an all-weather fire starter that even lights when wet. Each fire tab is specially treated to high standards to ensure the cotton is waterproof and provides more than adequate burn times for starting fires (each tab burns 2-3 minutes). The entire Dual Firestarter Kit™ is enclosed in a robust 4 mil zip-closure bag, which measures only 2" wide x 3" high x 3/8" thick. This is a great way to add fire starting to any survival kit. Available with an Orange or OD Green Spark-Lite™.
Larger than the Mini-Match™ above, this solid block of magnesium with an imbedded striker flint is used in all U.S. Military survival kits. Shave off the magnesium with a knife blade and ignite the shavings with the built-in flint. Comes with a key ring. Dimensions: 3" x 1" x 1/4". Wt. 3 oz.
The "Light My Fire" Mini Firesteel Firestarter is a composite flint rod and steel striker on a lanyard. It will generate a 3,000º C. spark to ignite tinder for a fire, or a camp stove. Orange grip makes it easy to hold when striking. Dimensions Overall: 3" x 3/4" (flint rod: 1/8 diameter x 1.5"). Wt. .5 oz.
The "Light My Fire" Scout Model Firesteel® is a composite flint rod with striker that works even in wet and cold. It will generate a 3,000ºC (5,500ºF) spark to ignite tinder for a fire, or a camp stove. It measures 3" x 7/8" x 5/8" overall, with a shaft 1-3/4" x 1/4" diameter.
This a new generation "Light My Fire" Scout Firesteel. It has a new improved striker, which has a built-in emergency whistle (as seen in the photo at right above). It is a composite flint rod that works even when wet and cold. Available in Orange with orange lanyard or Black with black lanyard. It measures 3" x 7/8" x 1/2" overall, with a shaft 1-11/16" long x 1/4" diameter.
The "Light My Fire" Army Model Swedish Firesteel® is a composite flint rod with striker that works even in wet and cold. It will generate a 3,000ºC (5,500ºF) spark to ignite tinder for a fire, or a camp stove. Measures 3-3/4" x 7/8" x 5/8" overall, with a shaft 2-1/2" x 3/8" diameter.
ARMY FIRESTEEL 2.0
This a new generation "Light My Fire" Army Firesteel. It has a new improved striker, which has a built-in emergency whistle (as seen in the photo at right above). It is a composite flint rod that works even when wet and cold. Available in Orange with orange lanyard or Black with black lanyard. It measures 3-3/4" x 1-1/16" x 5/8" overall, with a shaft 2-1/4" long x 3/8" diameter.
The Swedish FireKnife™ is a new product by Light My Fire® which incorporates both a Mora Knife and a Swedish Firesteel®. For more information and photos, CLICK HERE.
The BlastMatch® is a firestarter that is operable with one hand in case of injury. It generates a stream of sparks three times the heat of a standard match and easily will light any material that a match will ignite. You can accurately aim the sparks to ignite a fire in any weather condition. It contains a custom bar of high performance flint material, which is spring loaded for compactness, and rotates 360 degrees to help prevent uneven wear and tear. A tungsten carbide striker built into the striker button is set at the perfect angle for maximum sparking. Available in Black or Translucent Orange. Measures 4" long, closed, and weighs 2.7 oz.
STRIKE FORCE® FIRESTARTER
This is an all weather fire starting system and has a 1/2" flint rod that will last a life time. The system combines in one compact, durable package, a special alloy flint bar, hardened steel striker, and a tinder cube included in the handle. Scraping the striker down the flint generates a spark three times as hot as a standard match. Dimensions: 5" long. Wt. 3.7 oz.
This is not a Zippo lighter, but a new Emergency Fire Kit made by Zippo. As you can see at left, it is somewhat taller than an actual Zippo lighter, but is made of metal. When you open the top, you will find a spark wheel, that can be reversed for right or left handed operation, and four compressed waxed cotton Tinder Sticks (I have seen some reporting that these Tinder Sticks are made from rayon, but upon talking directly with Zippo, we were assured they were 100% cotton). You simply pull out a Tinder Stick and ignite it with a spark from the Spark Wheel! The lid on the rugged metal case has an "O" ring seal which makes the unit water resistant, but not water proof. This is a great little Emergency Fire Kit to throw in a jacket pocket, survival kit, bug-out bag. Measures 2-5/8" tall x 1-5/8" wide x 9/16" thick and weighs 2.1 oz. Color: Matte Orange. You can also order a replacement pack of 8 Tinder Stick to keep your Emergency Fire Kit full!
Caution: You must keep the Tinder Sticks dry! Unlike Tinder-Quick™, they are not waterproof, only coated with wax on the outside. If they are placed in water, they will soak up the water, and you will not be able to light them. During a test, after soaking for two minutes, I couldn't light it with a BIC lighter, so keep them dry!
The following Firestarters use a Softer Style Ferrocerium rod that has a higher magnesium and lower Iron content, producing burning chunks of magnesium but little spark.
The Exotac PolySTRIKER™ is made from recyclable ABS plastic, and fills the minimalist niche without sacrificing design or usability. Available in two sizes, Standard and XL. The polySTRIKER™ line features the same innovative tungsten carbide striker design for the nanoSTRIKER™. The tungsten carbide insert is built into an easy-to-use striking tool the snaps into the handle. The striking handle and tool are connected by a lanyard to ensure both parts are present and accounted for at all times. The striking tool securely snaps into the handle when not in use. Simply push the tool out from the cut-out in the back of the handle and you're ready to rock. The Ferrocerium rod works when wet and burns at nearly 5500 degF (3000 degC). Standard: The Ferro rod is 1-5/8" long x 3/16" diameter. Overall length is 4" and weighs 0.5 oz. Available in Orange and Black.
EXOTAC POLYSTRIKER™ XL
XL: The Ferro rod is 2" long x 5/16" diameter. Overall length is 5-3/8" and weighs 1.4 oz. Available in Orange and Black.
The Exotac nanoStriker is high quality, ultra-small in size and completely self-contained Firestarter. Its unique all-in-one design puts all the tools you need to start a fire into one tiny package. At the end of the day, this little tool can be collapsed and returned to key-chain ballast duty. A derivative of the original nanoSTRIKER™, the nanoStriker XL has a larger rod and striker handle. It utilizes the same innovative design as the original, but with just enough extra size and heft to improve its ease of use without making it too big or bulky for key chain carry. Both units are made with a lightweight anodized 6061 aircraft aluminum body and have a Tungsten carbide striker, and have a replaceable Ferro Rod that can be unscrewed from the unit and replaced with a new one (Refills are also available below). The Original nanoStriker measures 3-3/8" long closed, with a ferro rod that measures 1-1/2" x 3/16". The nanoStriker XL measures 3-5/8" long closed, with a ferro rod that measures 1-1/2" long x 1/4". Respectfully they weigh 0.6 oz. and 0.8 oz. Available in Orange or Black.
The Aurora Fire Starter (Patent Pending) is rugged and designed for the outdoors enthusiast. The Aurora Fire Starter uses a large 1/4" diameter composite flint steel rod that has magnesium built into it. It also has a guide built in striking blade that maximizes the sparks and insures the ignition of any suitable fire starting material. Designed to function wet or dry, it is made from corrosion resistant high strength materials (no plastic). Available in Silver or Black Anodized. Measures 3.5" overall and weighs 1.6 oz.
AURORA BELT CASE
The Aurora Belt Case is made exclusively for the Aurora Fire Starter in the U.S.A. Made from quality polypropylene webbing with a Velcro closure, it fits belts up to 2.25".
CAUTION: The Aurora Fire Starter is not a toy. Keep the Aurora out of reach of children and do not use or demonstrate the Aurora indoors or near any combustible material. Doing so could result in injury, structural damage, or death. The manufacturer, Solo Scientific, or Survival Resources™ by McCann International assumes no responsibility for any damages caused by the use or misuse of the Aurora Firestarter.
The Schrade Large Ferro Rod is an all weather fire starter. Total length is 4" long with a 2.5" rod x .25" diameter. It has a very nice heavy striker plate that is 5/32" thick. It comes with a black cord lanyard. We really like this Ferro Rod! weight: 1.2 oz. with striker and lanyard.
This is an all weather fire starting system with a 1/4" composite ferrocerium rod. The system closes into one compact, durable package, protecting the special alloy ferrocerium bar, and the hardened steel striker. Scraping the striker down the flint generates a spark more than three times as hot as a standard match. Dimensions: 3 1/8" x 3/4" x 1/2" when closed and weighs 1oz.
FIRE STARTER BUCKLE WITH WHISTLE
THE "ULTIMATE STRIKER"
The Corona Sharpening Tool
If you want to get maximum sparks from your Firesteel, try this little tool. It has a carbide tip and will amaze you with the amount of sparks you will cause when you scrape the edge along your Firesteel. It was designed as a sharpening tool for Corona Pruners, and we happened to pick one up when we purchased a folding Pruner for cutting kindling. Having a carbide tip, we wondered how it would work as a striker for our Firesteels, and we were impressed. We now use them all the time and our students love them. So we thought we would offer them on our site. They measure 4-7/8" long x 5/8" wide x 1/4" thick (only 1/8" thick without rubber handle).
We have been known to modify their appearance, and even shorten them to carry on our key ring (NO, we DO NOT sell them modified. You will have to be creative yourself, or just use them "as is"). By the way, you can even use them to sharpen with!
THE "ULTIMATE STRIKER" II
The Eze Edge™ Sharpening Tool
Like the Corona above, but shorter with a black handle, this is a carbide tipped sharpening tool that makes a great striker for your Firesteel! The amount of sparks you get when you scrape the carbide edge along your Firesteel will amaze you. Again, although designed as a sharpening, this works great as a striker. They measure 4" long x 5/8" wide x 1/4" thick (only 1/8" thick without rubber handle).
WetFire™ Tinder burns at over 1300 degrees yet cools almost instantly when stuffed out. A small pile of shavings can be used to start a fire. It is individually packaged in a lightweight solid cube form that can't leak or foul up your gear. They burn without smoke and can be started even in high winds and nasty weather. In fact, WetFire™ burns while floating in water and actually burns longer when wet.
Weight (per cube) .2 oz. 8 individually wrapped cubes per package.
MayaDust® Tinder is shavings from MayaSticks which are made from Pino de Ocote, a fatwood pine cultivated in the highlands of Guatemala and Mexico. With 80% resin content, this tinder is easy to light, even when wet, and produces an extremely hot flame. Comes in a water proof package measuring 2-3/4" diameter x 7/8" high. Weighs 7 oz.
TinderSticks® are made from Pino de Ocote, a fatwood pine cultivated in the highlands of Guatemala and Mexico. With their 80% resin content, they are easy to light, even when wet, and produce an extremely hot flame. We tested these against some of the fatwood sold in stores, and these are the best we have found. We could ignite shavings from these sticks with just a spark. The package is sold by weight and averages 5-6 sticks and they average about 8" long. In order to carry them more easily in a pack or kit, you can saw them into shorter lengths and split them into smaller pieces by batoning. Package Weight: 11.5 oz.
Jute Twine is an excellent tinder when the fibers are untwisted and separated into fine strands. They can be balled up and easily inginted with a simple spark from a firestarter. Our Jute comes on a small dispenser that has a cutter build into the top. With 200 feet, you will have emergency tinder forever, and of course, can also be used as twine to build a shelter, etc. The dispenser measures only 4-1/8" x 3" x 1-1/16"., and weighs 2.2 oz. Throw on in every pack!
Both of our high quality Pencil Sharpeners are made from magnesium in Germany. These pencil sharpeners are very light yet substantial!
The other advantage of a Pencil Sharpener is carrying one in your fire kit. They are very handy to make tinder, especially when it is wet out. Scrape the wet outside off a stick, and quickly make some tinder from the dry inside. Give it a try!
The UCO Stormproof Matches are 2-3/4 inches long, much longer than other brands. Easy to light, they even stay lit in high wind and underwater. These extra long matches come 25 to a box, and even though the box has a striker on each side, 2 extra strikers are included for adding to a survival kit. Being they are much longer than other matches, they are just slightly too long for our plastic match cases, unless you trim just a small bit off the stick end. (Shipped Ground Only - Matches can only be shipped within the Continental U.S.).
Our Waterproof Plastic Screw Top Vial holds all but about 4 of the UCO Stormproof Matches with one of the extra striker boards. A great way to waterproof your matches! You get 2 vials per package. For more info CLICK HERE.
These are the same UCO Stormproof matches as shown under 12035 above. However, these are packaged in a durable, waterproof container, which includes an integrated striker on the side. It also has two extra strikers on the inside with the 25 of the 2-3/4 inches long matches. They are available in an orange, green or yellow container. (Shipped Ground Only - Matches can only be shipped within the Continental U.S.).
WINDPROOF/WATERPROOF SURVIVAL MATCHES
Made in England, these matches are the best wind and waterproof survival matches available, and come packaged in their own watertight drum. These matches are varnished so they will light even when wet and continue to burn for approx. 12 seconds in wind, rain, even underwater. NATO approved, they are great for starting fires in an emergency. Each drum contains approx. 25 matches. Wt. 2 oz. (Shipped Ground Only - Matches can only be shipped within the Continental U.S.).
WINDPROOF/WATERPROOF STORM MATCHES
Imported by ProForce Equipment, these wind and waterproof safety matches come 25 matches per box with a striker on each side. You get two boxes per package. (Shipped Ground Only - Matches can only be shipped within the Continental U.S.).
This is a great item for those who build their own mini survival kits. It is a sachet of ten (10) Wind/Waterproof Matches with two (2) striker boards. Vacuum sealed in a package with the matches and striker boards separated, these are supplied in the British Army ration packs. NATO Part No. 9920-99-737-1041. Weight: 0.1 oz (Shipped Ground Only - Matches can only be shipped within the Continental U.S.)
WATERPROOF MATCH CASE
This plastic match case has a flint striker on the bottom. A must for waterproof matches that come in a box, or that you make yourself from strike anywhere matches. Available in OD Green or Orange. Dimensions: 3" x 1". Wt. 1 oz. (matches and striker shown not included).
This is the same match case that you get with the UCO Stormproof Match Kit above, and is available in orange only. It is waterproof, floats, and has vertical ribbing to provide a sure grip in wet conditions. Fill it with your favorite matches or the UCO Stormproof matches sold separately. It has a striker on the side with three extra strikers inside. This is also handy for our customers overseas, who want the match case, but cannot have the matches shipped to them. Measures 3-18" high x 1.5" diameter at cap, and weighs 0.8 oz. empty.
9 HOUR SURVIVAL CANDLES
These candles burn for up to nine hours and are excellent for survival. They also fit all the UCO candle lanterns. Package of three. Dimensions: 1-1/8" diameter x 3-1/2" long.
These candles were engineered specifically for use in UCO Candle Lanterns but can be used for all your candle needs! The 100% beeswax formula is optimized for use in candle lanterns, and being Non-paraffin based they produce a pleasant aroma and less smoke. Beeswax produces negative ions that attract pollutants, so these candles actually clean the air. They burn between 12 & 15 hours and a special wick provides an ideal flame. Dimensions 1-14" diameter x 3-14" long.
100% BEESWAX TEALIGHT CANDLES
Tealight candles are the most widely available candle in the world and combine very low weight, bulk, and operating cost while providing high quality light, heat, and user-friendly simplicity. UCO Beeswax Tealight Candles are specifically for the Mini and Micro Candle Lanterns and offer 3-4 hours of burn time per candle. Beeswax Tealight Candles provide a pleasant aroma of honey and produce less smoke. This 3-pack of Beeswax Tealight Candles will provide you with approximately 9-12 hours of light. These are also great little candles to add to small survival kits.
Tealight candles are the most widely available candle in the world and combine very low weight, bulk, and operating cost while providing high quality light, heat, and user-friendly simplicity. Citronella Tealight Candles are specifically for the Mini and Micro Candle Lanterns and offer 3-4 hours of burn time per candle. Citronella Tealight Candles repels mosquitos. This 6-pack of Citronella Tealight Candles will provide you with approximately 18-24 hours of light. These are also great little candles to add to small survival kits.
STANSPORT 3 WICK SURVIVAL CANDLE
This lightweight and compact 3 Wick Survival Candle comes in a can with a reusable lid. It can be used with one, two, or all three wicks for maximum light and heat. One wick lit burns for 36 hours and all three wicks lit burns up to 12 hours. Great for survival and emergency situations! Can measures 4" in diameter by 1-1/8" deep, and weighs only 5.5 oz. Buy several for that home emergency kit.
The Triwick candle is made from non-toxic natural soy beeswax blend and can burn for up to 120 hours. You can use up to three wicks at a time which allows you to determine the amount of flame you need. Not only is this a great emergency candle, it can easily convert into a stove with included aluminum brackets. The candle/stove is lightweight & compact which makes it ideal for camping and emergency situations. Includes 6 Moveable, Reusable, Waterproof Wicks, Aluminum Tweezers & Aluminum Brackets. Measures 2.5" Height x 4" Diameter. Weighs 14.5 oz.
Note: We tested this candle as a stove and after 55 minutes, we still could not get two cups of water to boil. It did bubble, but no rolling boil. This test was done under optimum conditions without wind or temperature changes. Our personal feeling is this is a great emergency candle but is not effective as an actual stove.