Learn This Life-Saving Firestarting Trick From a Survival Expert

Despite how common they are, miniature firestarter rods can be hellaciously frustrating to use. If you’ve ever found yourself scratching away at a match-sized stick of ferrocerium, and cursing its apparent futility, this video’s for you.

Every camper’s kit should include some tool that can start a fire even in the dampest conditions. Ferrocerium, or “ferro,” rods are the most popular option, and miniature ferro rods show up in most basic survival kits.

Unfortunately, as survival expert Dan points out, the smaller the ferro rod, the harder it is to start a fire — unless you use this handy tip from the bushcraftsman himself.

In this brief explainer, Dan shows a near-foolproof fire starting method using a mini ferro rod and a pocket knife.

Ready to learn why ferro rod size doesn’t really matter? Park it and hit play.

Runtime: 7 minutes

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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