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When you are in the wilderness or on a camping trip, you want to have something with you that will allow you to make a fire when you need to. With many different options for starting a fire, like a flint and steel, a bow drill kit, a fire plough, or a ferro rod, you have lots of choices to choose from. The goal is ultimately to find the most reliable option that will work every time.
You don’t want to be stuck in a situation where the method you have chosen will fail, like when the weather is wet or damp, which could affect the ability to start a fire with some of the more ‘old school’ methods – flint and steel or bow drill aren’t going to get you very far if it’s windy or wet. Depending on what kind of lighter you have, the same could be true – not all lighters work that well in adverse conditions. Ferro rods on the other hand are pretty damn reliable – you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a spark. Obviously you’ll need to be able to keep your tinder dry, but the rod itself won’t fail you regardless of the conditions.
Ferro rods, (short for ferrocerium) are often mistaken for steel and flint but actually work in the opposite way of the more ‘traditional’ method of making fire. Ferrocerium is a substance that was invented in 1903 by an Austrian scientist called Carl Auer von Welsbach. It’s primarily a combination of cerium and iron (along with a bunch of other rare metals), hence the name ferro (iron) cerium, although when it comes to making fires, we often shorten the word ferrocerium to just “ferro” these days. Another common name used for ferrocerium is fire steel, and you’ll also often hear people referring to it as flint even though chemically it has nothing to do with flint. Practically speaking, the primary benefit that ferrocerium has over flint is that it ignites at much lower temperatures – meaning it’s easier to produce sparks.
Some of the other benefits of using ferro rods are that they’re easy to use even for first timers. The sparks are also super high temperature, meaning your fire is more likely to catch. Also, ferro rods last for an exceedingly long time – most can be struck in excess of 10,000 times, meaning that you don’t really have to worry about your ferro rod ‘running out’ of sparks very often.These advantages make ferro rods a great choice as either your primary or your backup firestarting option.
Now that we have discussed what a ferro rod is and why they are beneficial to have with you, here are our recommendations for the best ferro rod firestarter that you should bring with you on your next wilderness or camping trip.
The Best Ferro Rod Firestarters for Starting Survival Fires
Taking a hike or wilderness trip can be a way to connect with nature and have a peaceful time alone or with your family. Getting away from technology can be tough, but with the help of a simple tool like a ferro rod fire starter, you can have you fire made whenever you need it and make your trip a success.