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Coleman Fire Starter Magnesium

rated 2.0 of 5 stars
photo: Coleman Fire Starter Magnesium fire starter

The Coleman Fire Starter Magnesium is another option to get a fire started. It requires patience and persistence, but does work. It’s not the best option, but it’s never a bad idea to have alternatives to start a fire.


  • It starts fires.
  • Lasts a long time
  • Compact


  • Difficult to operate
  • Takes a long time to get fire started

This fire starter is my last resort. It’s not the greatest, but it works. The way that you operate this product is you take the serrated end and use that to shave pieces of magnesium off of the giant block you have. You need to get a lot off. It takes a long time because you don’t get chunks or anything, just fine flakes barely visible to the human eye.

After while of doing this, you turn that serrated end around so you are now using the flat edge. You use the flat edge and glide it accross the ferro rod on the top of the block of magnesium. Ideally the Magnesium flakes would catch the spark and spontaneously combust and catch your tinder to start a fire. It doesn’t happen all the time though. I’ve found it takes a lot of trial and error to master this product.

Honestly you’re better off just using the ferro rod on this thing. It’s definitely the last resort fire starter for me.


I’ve had this product for seven years. I have not had a great experience with it.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $7.45

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Price MSRP: $8.99
Current Retail: $10.39
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