Having used a Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool for more than 30 years, with never a failure, and having tried versions of every other thing out there we elected to use this as representing what we feel is the most reliable fire starter anywhere. There is virtually nothing to break, if the fire starting situation is more challenging you can scrape more shavings. The bar is easily capable of starting more than 1000 fires. It does not have to be kept dry, if wet just wipe off and use as normal.
Adjustable heat output is one of the best features of using the Doan Mag Bar. Unlike many other fire starters that throw a shower of sparks and cannot vary the heat they put out, with the Doan you can use a few scraps of shavings for simple fires or scrape a quarter sized pile to generate enormous amounts of heat to start damp materials or things like tire rubber.
Magnesium burns at more than 5000 degrees F. The bar of magnesium is light weight and has a Ferro cerium (flint) rod embedded on one side that is scraped to produce a shower of hot sparks to ignite the Magnesium shavings. The kit also contains Concentrator Paper that allows starting a fire with as little as 5 scrapes of shavings, and FireStix to lengthen the burn time in tough conditions.
We provide a scraper/striker blade that is attached by an exclusive stretch lanyard to the Doan bar. All these items are contained in a durable cordura case with 2 pockets, velcro flap, MOLLE compatiblity, and D ring. Exclusively at Wilderness Innovation we offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE on the Doan magnesium Fire Starter, which means that if you use all the magnesium on the bar or the bar or striker rod break, just send us back what is left and we will send you out a new one at no additional charge