Ferrocerium Rod and Striker
Ferrocerium Rod and Striker
Flint, Ferro, and Magnesium rods, Whats the difference?
Commonly known as ferro rod, is an updated version of flint and steel. Flint which can be found naturally with a keen eye, is however difficult to produce a spark if you have never tried it. Ferrocerium however was invented in 1903 by Carl Auer von Welsback an Austrian chemist to have a low ignition temperatures. The importance of this is at which temperature the rod produce a spark. Mr. Welsback created this synthetic alloy to have a low autoignition temperature because 42% Cerium metal being used. Cerium is known for its low ignition temperature of 300°F to 350°F ( 150 and 180 °C) compared to Magnesium being above 800°F. This mean low external pressure is required to generate a the best spark. This easy made spark produce burns at nearly 5,000ºF(3,000ºC) vastly superior than flint and almost as hot as Magnesium. In survival situations this immensely lessens the stress of making a fire.
It’s easy to get agitated out there in wild with a lot of variables in your path. With this low striking force needed to produce a spark, and extremely hot sparks being generated, catching tinder on fire is done in the most efficient manner. Conserving as much energy in survival situations is a must, and the ferrocerium rod is specifically designed for this task. It’s a great choice to carry on your next outdoor adventure.
The best fire starter method
After gathering tinder with your survival knife and wire saw. Place the tinder in a close area and have your larger wood pieces ready for when the fire catches. If you packed the NWGear Survival Kit, it will come with alcohol pads which are a great source of fuel. You won’t have time to gather any wood once the small kindling catches fire so be prepared to fuel the fire at the start. Scrape the black protective coating off the rod before use. This allows for best contact of the ferrocerium layer when striking. Position yourself close to the tinder with a good footing. The right way to start a spark is to move the rod back, yes the rod, not the scraper. NWGear ferro rod has finger grips designed especially for this movement.
- Angle the ferro rod at a 45 degree angle close to the tinder with the scraper position at the back.
- Use the correct method of sparking the ferro rod by pulling the rod back with a steady motion and not the scraper.
Why the rod you may ask, experts say it has a less chance of your tinder bundle from blowing all over the place and even worse, knocking the pile away. Moral in survival situations is everything. Which is why our gear is specifically designed to give you the best fighting chance in emergency survival situations. When you pull the rod back the sparks will fly forward from the striker position, leaving the wind to fly back and not forwards causing your embers to blow out.
|Types||Flint Rod||Ferrocerium Rod||Magnesium Rod|
|Spark Temperature||1800°F to 3000°F (1000°C – 1600°C)||5,000ºF(3,000ºC)||5,600ºF(3,100ºC)|
|Strikes||Depends on size||3,000||15,000|
to 350°F ( 150 and 180 °C)
|883 °F (473 °C)|
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