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Ferro rods
« on: January 12, 2015, 05:25:00 PM »
 Does any one know how to make them? If you do, type out the directions on this thread please.
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Re: Ferro rods
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2015, 06:35:25 PM »
Ferro rods, ferrocerium, is an alloy of iron, cerium, magnesium and some rare earth elements. The largest ingredients are cerium and iron that make up about 60% of the alloy. I don't know where the rare elements could be sources and I don't know the melting temperatures all of the metals involved but cerium melts at 800C. When is was discovered at the turn of the 20th century I think the original flints were and alloy of just cerium and iron in a 70%, 30% ratio. I found a place where you can by cerium on line: http://www.newmetalsandchemicals.com/high_purity/cerium.htm

There was no price given though.
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Re: Ferro rods
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2015, 06:59:52 PM »
NoBS,

No idea how to make them, but here is a link to Amazon.ca for the finished product.

http://www.amazon.ca/niceEshop-Magnesium-Starter-Survival-Camping-Black/dp/B00DQL6J6E/ref=pd_rhf_gw_s_cp_17_A3WZ?ie=UTF8&refRID=05HREW1VN5E5F1KR7DAY

When mine arrive I will let you know of the quality.

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Re: Ferro rods
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2015, 07:34:08 PM »
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Re: Ferro rods
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2015, 10:10:36 PM »
NoBS,

No worries. I will keep you posted.

Last night, was fire making night and I decided to give a ferro rod and striker a go......it was a great learning experience. I made a large heap of wood shavings, piled the finest shavings on a split log....then went at it with the striker and ferro rod. Maybe it was my lack of experience or environmental conditions last night, but it did take more than a few minutes to achieve flame. But, to that end I am happy to announce, yes I did get my fire burning. And my fire burned very well, thank you very much. Haha. It was a good night.

So, if you have never tried a ferro rod and striker to get a fire going, I highly recommend you practice at least once. You will enjoy it...really. :-0

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Re: Ferro rods
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2015, 11:15:34 PM »
Looking at the mischmetal process... it's probably easier to just buy the bloody things in abundance now. They'll never go bad and they're reasonably cheap.


A few tips:
1) Ditch the striker, use a decent knife
2) Move the rod, not the knife
3) A cotton ball rubbed in Vaseline (or Vicks) will catch a ferro-spark even in moderate rain (personally proven)
4) A rod is better than a lighter in sub-zero temperatures (butane lighters will gel at -23°C)


With practice, you should be able to spark a fire with a single pull, most of the time (especially when there's nobody around to see you do it right).
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