Coghlans Magnesium Fire Starter

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Coghlans Magnesium Fire Starter - The Coghlan Magnesium Fire Starter uses magnesium a flame source of 5400F. One fire starter should provide sufficient savings to start hundreds of fires.


  • Wt. 2 oz (56.6 g)
  • Magnesium
The fire starter uses magnesium as a flame source of 5400°F. One fire starter should provide hundreds of fires. Simple to use; just shave pieces of magnesium using a sharp knife. Place next to dry twigs, paper, etc. and scrape the sparking edge with a knife to ignite the magnesium.
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Size:3" x 1" x 1/2" (23 cm x 2.54 cm x 1.3 cm)

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Coghlans Magnesium Fire Starter Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Fantastic Product.

I think this works great. Had my tinder bundle ready. Shaved off a small pile and had fire on the first strike. I have one in my pack and I am going to buy a second one to have a back up. I would and have recommended this fire starter.
Vern at Campmor on 01/01/2011


it was very easy to use. it lit a fire in about 1 to 2 try's. i had no trouble using it. the magnesium shaved off fairly easily and then lit with one try. i highly recommended it.
the survivalist at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Great fire starter

This is my second mag fire starter. I use it quite frequently when snowshoeing or hiking. It works every time and practice makes perfect.
rllpeaks at Campmor on 01/01/2011


i had a really easy time using it, i got a fire in the first try! It ended up really being worth my money.
the "survivalist" at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Simple method, all weather conditions.

Small best fire starter you can buy for all weather fire starting.
Smitty at Campmor on 06/06/2012


i'll be glad i have it when i need it!
surviver at Campmor on 06/06/2012

Negative Reviews:

Did not work for me

Thought this thing might make a good survival tool for firestarting. Don't waste your money. The magnesium is nearly impossible to shave off of the block. Tried several kinds of knives to do so. Very difficult to do. After almost an hour of work, a proper pile of magnesium shavings (and a couple of very dull knives) was produced. No matter what technique was tried, the pile of shavings could not be ignited by the striker on the side of the tool. A disappointing piece of gear. It will not find a place in my pack.
Rattler at Campmor on 10/10/2010


Hard to get enough mag gathered, but once you put forth the effort and have tinder ready, works wells.
cgala597 at Campmor on 05/05/2013

Neutral Reviews:

It Works.

This product works effectively and as advertised. That being said, I believe there are better products on the market nowdays. The magnesium bar is rather heavy for tinder and scraping enough to work with is time consuming. This isn't one of my go to items for backcountry use, but it is well priced and functional. I keep a few of them in vehicle survival kits.
Alpha6 at Campmor on 05/05/2011