A fire starter is an essential tool for anyone who loves to wander through the great outdoors. You should always have at least two ways to start a fire with you. It doesn’t matter how nice it is at the moment, the weather may change, or electricity may go out. So look for something reliable it may make a huge difference, especially if you are going solo. While in this current day and age, many people carry lighters on them this is not the preferred method for fire starting.
A reliable magnesium rod will help you make a fire even when you drop the backpack in the water from canoe, heavy rain or lack of sun. When professionally starting a fire, a magnesium-based fire starting kit is the most foolproof method, this is because the magnesium within the product helps to produce a fire that will burn evenly and be sustainable.
Step 1: Find the Right Place to Start a Fire & Prepare the Site
Select a location that can maintain a fire safely. Optimal locations are fire pits, rock pits, sand walls or holes that have been dug into the ground. It is best to select an area where the wind is minimal to none. Choose a designated area that is not close to dry grass or trees. For safety precautions, always have water set aside within 50 feet of the fire pit. If there is no access to water, use a shovel to throw dirt onto the fire if anything happens to get out of hand. Water or dirt can also be used to extinguish the flame after use.
Step 2: Gather Materials & Arrange the Fire
When starting a fire, the materials being used should be dead and dry.
You start with Tinder that can be: Fatwood, coconut husk, cedar or birch bark that you will be pounding with a rock in the tiniest fibers. After Tinder you need to prepare the Kindling that can be pine needles, dry grass, small twigs. After that will come the main fire material, branches, firewood, logs… and so on. The flaming tinder is used to ignite kindling, which in turn is used to ignite the bulk material, to produce a fire. Be sure to slightly spread out your material, as oxygen is absolutely necessary to start a fire. A handful of each material should be a good starting point.
Step 3: Ignite the fire
Gripping the magnesium fire starter rod above the tinder pile, scrape lengthways in order to create shavings. Keep on scraping shavings letting them fall into the pile until you have gotten yourself a shaving pile of quarter size. Now grasping the flint at an angle above the pile of shavings, keep sliding the striker forcefully lengthways of flint to make sparks. Until sparks are created and land directly into the pile of magnesium shavings, keep on sliding to create a fire. Once you get the fire going, spread the fire to the rest of tinder.
Step 4: Extinguish the Fire
Every year, there are stories of “I thought it was out”. It’s simple to kill a fire and there’s no excuse for not guaranteeing your fire will burn no more forever. You may choose to wait for the fire to burn out, or to use water or dirt to put the fire out safely. Before leaving the fire pit, be sure that all hot coals are now cold. This ensures that the fire cannot start again. Stir and make sure everything is wet and cold to the touch.
Watch the video for a demo of how you can do it yourself following our four steps!