Ferro Rod Success
Security, water, shelter and fire. Good start.
So the guy (the skinnier one) on that Weather Channel show makes it look easy igniting fires with his ferro rod. Well it can be if you use the right metal match. And (1) the right tinder. And (2) the right technique. And (3) you practice, practice …. and practice.
Those are the essential 3 elements that lead to a ferro fire success.
Here are the details:
For those not familiar with a ferro rod, “ferro” is short for ferrocerium. A ferro rod is also called a metal match, fire steel or a mischmetal rod. It’s a rod of various pyrophoric material that creates sparks when scraping off small amounts using the back of your knife or a striker.
Those sparks reach roughly 3000 degrees Fahrenheit and can catch dry tinder on fire. The best reasons to use a ferro rod over matches or lighters are because matches get wet, and lighters can fail at certain temperatures. Ferro rods work in any weather condition.
Just making sparks from your ferro rod doesn’t guarantee you fire. What you need in order to be successful are these three things:
The right tinder: If you are trying to catch your tinder on fire and it just won’t catch a spark and produce a flame it’s probably because you don’t have the right tinder. I ran into that on my last camping trip in the mountains of Colorado …
The right technique: Not correctly using your ferro rod will make starting a fire with it frustrating as hell. Trust me from experience. I had to suck up my pride and watch some YouTube videos to get a technique that works for me because …
Practice, Practice, Practice: The final key to ferro rod fires sounds like a cliche, but it’s some seriously good advice. Don’t wait until your life depends on …