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Magnesium Firestarter Tips???

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I've been using a magnesium firestarter for over a year now, and it still doesn't cease to amaze me on how reliable and effective they really are. Such a simple concept really: a simple bar of magnesium, and a rib of ferrocerium. It is easy for a 14 year old like myself to use it, as well as many adults, and people of all ages with two hands and the ability to use a knife. But, as with anything like building a fire, setting up shelter, and taking care of hygeine in the outdoors, there are many ways to use it and many different techniques to starting a fire with the bar of magnesium. I simply try to sliver some flecks with my blade onto a leaf, or other kind of durable platform, and I sliver enough off to make a heaping pile of a nickel. Then, one run down the flint with the back of my blade, I have made fire. So what are some of the other techniques out there? Are there other reccomended ways of starting a fire with a MagBar? Well, please give me your tips. Thanks! :)
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+++ for the hacksaw blade.
Not too coarse.
I also have a small file I use to touch up a machete or hatchet that I use to file a bit of the magnesium off with.
Don't breath any of the black fiber looking fumes if you get any off the burning metal. It's toxic as hell.
My ex used to make dryer lint punks with old crayons that she melted and made like a dough out of that and dryer lint.
She poured them into egg carton molds.
I never saw them used but she swore they would burn.
Anyone with kids might want to think about that maybe.
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