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Magnesium Fire Starter any good?
« on: 05/31/03, 05:48 PM »

Hello all

I have a question about one of my latest purchases. The guy at the local store sold me a magnesium fire starting kit - you shave it, then strike the thing with your knife to get a spark and light the shavings. how good is this for emergency fires if I am forced to spend the night out in the Cascades?

After I bought it, i read the instructions (i wish it were the other way in the sequence:(! SO it turns out it would start a fire with damp stuff but not wet stuff. My concern is that most likely I would only get wet wood so my kit would be useless. Am I right? What is the best fire starter and where to get it?

By the way, I was really surprised the outfitters did not have strike anywhere matches. what good are waterproof matches if you can't strike 'em anywhere?

thank you
ivo

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Re: Magnesium Fire Starter any good?
« Reply #1 on: 06/01/03, 06:36 PM »

i know this is not the most green friendly advice but i needed a way to recycle all the bicycle inertubes i go through and a 1 inch square of tube even in a downpour lit wet wood without fail.and weighs nothing in a pack.
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Re: Magnesium Fire Starter any good?
« Reply #2 on: 06/02/03, 01:07 AM »

sag

thank you for the info. i have also thought if i can use the inner tubes once i'm done with (riding) them. I plan to use it only in a real emergency, which should minimize the "green-unfriendliness" but i need it to work. It's curious why the tube is such a good fire starter...

Cheers
ivo
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